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Warden’s Five-Ring System Theory: Legitimate Wartime Military Targeting or An Increased Potential to Violate the Law and Norms of Expected Behavior?

Warden’s Five-Ring System Theory: Legitimate Wartime Military Targeting or An Increased Potential to Violate the Law and Norms of Expected Behavior? published on

Authored by Air Command and Staff College

With the publication of -Air Theory for the Twenty-first Century,” Colonel John Warden ushered in a new era of wartime targeting. No longer are warfighters limited, as in years past, to an ad hoc, haphazard system of selecting wartime targets. Rather, Warden presents the warfighter with a unique tool-the five-ring system theory-that dramatically improves the warfighter’s ability to systematically identify wartime targets.
However, for all of its acclaim, little has been written about Warden’s five-ring system theory. Even less has been written about the legal and moral implications of using Warden’s theory to identify wartime targets. In this book:
(1) briefly examine Warden’s theory in light of prevailing law and norms of expected behavior; (2) find that Warden’s five-ring system theory sidesteps major issues; namely it fails to account for the legal and moral constraints of wartime targeting and, in doing so, increases the warfighter’s potential to run afoul of international law, domestic law, and norms of expected behavior; and
(3) conclude, as a result, that such targeting should not be done without due consideration to the legal and moral issues surrounding the complex process of targeting.

Publication Date:
Dec 27 2014
ISBN/EAN13:
1505767954 / 9781505767957
Page Count:
36
Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
8.5″ x 11″
Language:
English
Color:
Black and White
Related Categories:
History / Military / General

14.95

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