9780415565226

The New Spatiality of Security: Operational Uncertainty and the US Military in Iraq

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    9780415565226

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    0415565227

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2010-10-22
  • Publisher: Routledge
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Summary

This book provides a rigorous critical analysis of how the US military operates in Iraq, exploring the spatial practices of violence.Contemporary critical analyses of the United States' involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan emphasise the hegemonic nature of the US military experience, while conventional military analyses focus on fixed categories such as 'counter-insurgency' or 'network-centric warfare'. Drawing on fieldwork examining the use of a new command and control technology by 1 st Cavalry Division (US Army) in 2004-2005, this book elaborates a more nuanced understanding of US military violence by exploring the changing (and sometimes incoherent) spatial practices through which violence was exercised.The author combines fieldwork with a spatial vocabulary of violence from the work of Michel Foucault, Henri Lefebvre and Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari and methodological inspiration from the micro-observations of material semiotics in Science and Technology Studies to conclude that the US Army's experience in Iraq has been neither as circumscribed nor as easily defined as critical theorists and conventional military analysts alike would suggest.This innovative book will be of much interest to students of critical security studies, strategic studies, military studies, social and spatial theory and IR in general.Caroline M. Croser is a Lecturer in Politics at the University of New South Wales at the Australian Defence Force Academy, where she teaches defence studies.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgementsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
Security in the noughties: from net-centric to hybrid warsp. 3
Reformulating security as a 'problematic': the role of critical security studiesp. 6
A map of the workp. 8
The spatial operation of violencep. 12
Spatial orderings: bounding the conditions of possibilities of violencep. 15
Rhythm analysis: the emergence of novelty in the everydayp. 20
Difference as political: the war machine and the outside of powerp. 25
Conclusionsp. 35
Interlude: the (not-so-)distant roar of battlep. 36
Network-centric warfare, three-block warfare, and the new spatiality of the battlespacep. 36
Urban battlespaces: the spatial logic(s) of US military doctrine meet the experimental space(s) of the city of Baghdadp. 43
A praxiography of the battlespacep. 50
What kind of real?p. 50
A methodology for an uncertain realp. 59
Interrogating the alternate realp. 65
Conclusionsp. 67
CPOF and the battlespace multiplep. 69
Locating spatial practices of violence in Baghdadp. 69
Using CPOF (1): the hardware and software architecturep. 72
Introducing multiplicity (in theory, in the TOC)p. 77
Using CPOF (2): the human dimensionp. 79
Ontological singularity and multiplicity in CPOFp. 82
Addressing multiplicity in the event-ful cityp. 89
The role of command in addressing multiplicityp. 89
Correlating multiplicity in CPOF through layeringp. 96
Mobilizing multiplicity in CPOF through temporalityp. 98
Conclusions: the experimental quality of event-fulnessp. 106
From multiplicity to presence in Baghdadp. 109
Actualizing a unit in the military: the enaction of presencep. 113
Naming a 'unit-in-CPOF'p. 118
Conclusionsp. 121
The mobile possibility of the 'unit-in-CPOF'p. 123
From (chrono)linear to 'track and trace' presencep. 123
The absence of the unit: exclusions, hauntings, and the limits of mobilityp. 126
Conclusionsp. 134
Conclusionp. 137
The political impetus of exploring space and violencep. 139
Finding a way forward for critically engaging violencep. 141
Notesp. 142
Referencesp. 154
Indexp. 163
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