Modern military operations are characterized by ubiquitous use of technology, in particular the use of information and communication technologies for real-time information sharing. The use of technology on the battlefield is assumed to improve decision making in military practice. By making use of a friendly fire incident in Afghanistan, namely the Sangin incident in 2011, the author highlights why moral decision making could be hampered by technology. This is partly due to the fact that information and communication technologies subtly connect sub-practices that exist within the broader military practice, thus potentially blurring normative structures. Blurring of normative structures can cause problems for moral decision making on the battlefield, because it is suddenly not clear who is responsible for the course of action.
|Title of host publication||The normative nature of social practices and ethics in professional environments|
|Editors||Marc J. de Vries, Henk Jochemsen|
|Place of Publication||Hershey|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Mar 2019|
Boshuijzen - van Burken, C. (2019). Modern military operations: a normative practice approach to moral decision making. In M. J. de Vries, & H. Jochemsen (Eds.), The normative nature of social practices and ethics in professional environments (pp. 115-133). IGI Global. https://doi.org/10.4018/978-1-5225-8006-5.ch006