Just-War Theory and Future Warfare
Master's thesis 6 Aug 1999-2 Jun 2000
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS
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The future global system of international relations, the clash of civilizations, the revolution in military affairs, and the expansion of war present significant challenges to just-war theory. The problem is that modem definitions ofjust-war principles address conventional war between states therefore, they may not apply to information-age warfare or complex conflict between transnational, national, subnational groups. Thus, the central research question is Should American strategists accept, modify, or reject modem just-war theory as evaluation criteria of military operations in future warfare Three case studies tested just-war theory netwar, Operation Allied Force in Kosovo, and the strategic air campaign during Operation Desert Storm. The first step applied modern just-war theory to the military course of action to determine whether it was just or unjust. The second step applied realistic tests of power and national interests to determine whether to use or refrain from unjust military force. The third step evaluated absolute principles and moral consequences to determine if there is cause to modify just-war theory. Netwar and Kosovo recommended that strategists should modify the modem definitions of jus ad bellum to return to the classic definitions. Desert Storm recommended that strategists should accept the modem definitions of jus in bello.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics