Accession Number:

ADA517080

Title:

Politics, Death, and Morality in US Foreign Policy

Descriptive Note:

Journal article

Corporate Author:

AIR UNIV MAXWELL AFB AL

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2000-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

6.0

Abstract:

In this companion piece to Dr. Records article on Force-Protection Fetishism, Dr. Mueller provides a balanced perspective on casualty aversion and its potential implications in military operations and on national security policy. He argues that aversion has become cultish due largely to technological changes in warfare that make it more feasible and, therefore, a moral imperative to conduct less brutish combat. Yet, he points out that moral obligation may just as well dictate dying for the right cause and that such morality, rather than politically expedient doctrines, should drive our policy.

Subject Categories:

  • Psychology
  • Weapons Effects (Biological)
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE