Accession Number : ADA490174


Title :   Lessons of Abu Ghraib: Understanding and Preventing Prisoner Abuse in Military Operations


Corporate Author : NATIONAL DEFENSE UNIV WASHINGTON DC CENTER FOR TECHNOLOGY AND NATIONAL SECURITY POLICY


Personal Author(s) : Bartone, Paul T


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a490174.pdf


Report Date : Nov 2008


Pagination or Media Count : 9


Abstract : The abuse of prisoners by U.S. soldiers at Abu Ghraib had broad struggle consequences, leading many people around the world to question the legitimacy of U.S. goals and activities in Iraq. This paper draws on extensive unclassified reports from multiple investigations that followed Abu Ghraib and applies key psychological as well as social-situational perspectives to develop a better grasp of the causative factors. From a psychological standpoint, most young adults are powerful inclined to behave in accord with the social conventions and pressures around them. Especially in ambiguous circumstances, then, it is important that standards of behavior be clear and explicit throughout all phases of an operation and that leaders at all levels represent and reinforce those standards.


Descriptors :   *PSYCHOLOGICAL WARFARE , *PRISONERS , LEADERSHIP , ARMY PERSONNEL , BEHAVIOR , MILITARY PUBLICATIONS , IRAQ , MILITARY OPERATIONS , STANDARDS


Subject Categories : Sociology and Law
      Psychology


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE