Modern military operations: a normative practice approach to moral decision making

Christine Boshuijzen - van Burken

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe normative nature of social practices and ethics in professional environments
EditorsMarc J. de Vries, Henk Jochemsen
Place of PublicationHershey
PublisherIGI Global
ISBN (Electronic)9781522580072
ISBN (Print)9781522580065
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2019


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