Military-Age Males in Counterinsurgency and Drone Warfare

Authors: Shoker, Sarah

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  • Documents the political ecosystem that legitimized violent military action against military-age males in US military operations after September 11, 2001
  • Introduces the military-age male as a category used by defense and intelligence professionals to identify insurgent combatants who have blended into civilian environments
  • Argues that the military-age male category contributed to the deterioration of civilian protection
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This book documents the political ecosystem that legitimized violent military action against military-age males in US military operations after September 11, 2001. It first introduces the military-age male as a category used to identify insurgent combatants who have blended into civilian environments. Though US officials maintained that military-age males were not automatically assumed to be combatants, defense and intelligence professionals nevertheless used biases related to gender, age, religion and race to interpret the battlespace. Based on an analysis of the Obama administration’s decision to exclude adolescent boys and men from drone warfare’s collateral damage count, and an examination of similar problems with combatant identification under the Bush administration, the author argues that the military-age male category contributed to the deterioration of civilian protection. The concluding chapters discusses the link between counterinsurgency, drone warfare, and emerging trends in artificial intelligence and autonomy in weapons systems, highlighting the relation between algorithmic discrimination and the misidentification of civilians as combatants.

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Dr. Sarah Shoker is Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Waterloo, Canada.

Table of contents (5 chapters)

Table of contents (5 chapters)

Buy this book

eBook 64,19 €
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Hardcover 77,99 €
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Military-Age Males in Counterinsurgency and Drone Warfare
Authors
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-52474-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-52474-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-52473-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 266
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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