Professional Space Warrior: Interpreting the Grammar and Logic of Modern War
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The purpose of this thesis is to reduce ambiguity concerning the grammar and logic of war, violence, and military professionals. As the character of war continually changes due to technological advances and the American public progressively becomes more disconnected from the military at large, it has become increasingly difficult to ascertain the link between violence and political aims. Consequently, the line between war and peace, especially in the eyes of the American public, has become blurred. As a result, the United States continues to have a military presence in Afghanistan, and there is seemingly no end in sight. This thesis puts forth a root cause for thisthe American publics lack of fluency in the language of war. To address this issue, a translator tool for the language of war is presented, which can be used to reduce ambiguity with the critical terms war, violence, and military professional. To address the subjectivity that is normally associated with these terms, a definition of war and violence are provided as a theoretical foundation for the entire research. In turn, the nature of violencei.e., direct or indirect and two differing interpretations of military professionalsi.e., identity either centered on a warrior ethos or political ethos form the structure of the translator tool. In the end, the tool is merely meant to provide context, which ultimately shows how war and peace are not dialectic, but, instead, dialogic.
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