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Precision-guided munitions and human suffering in war.


Precision-guided munitions and human suffering in war.

Hickey, James E.

Ashgate Publishing Co.


244 pages



Military and defence ethics


Hickey (US Naval War College) graduated from the US Naval Academy in 1980, served as a naval flight officer, earned his PhD in humanities (Salve Regina U.) with a focus on ethics and precision-guided munitions, and taught at the United Kingdom's Joint Services Command and Staff College. His direct experience and thoughtful involvement with the topic announced in the title give authority to his investigation, which begins with underlying causes of purposeful violence and the continuum of human responses. Discussion encompasses the evolving role of technology in war, a framework for measuring the impact, and the specifics of Vietnam, Desert Storm, and the Balkans. A chapter on contingency strikes is followed by the final analysis, reflections, and conclusions.

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Date:Feb 1, 2013
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