Sunday, July 23, 2006

Science, technology, war and ethics - Part 2

I woke up to a flurry of suggestions by email and in the comments - thank you - but none from the ladies. What, chicks don't like talking war?! Thanks also to everyone who pointed out my mis-attribution of GAM3R 7H30RY in the previous post - apologies to Ken, and it's been fixed.

Now here we go:

- Ken Alder's work
- Louise Amoore's Biometric borders: Governing mobilities in the war on terror
- Arquilla & Ronfeldt's Networks and Netwars: The Future of Terror, Crime, and Militancy
- D&G's Treatise on Nomadology - The War Machine
- Allen Feldman's On the Actuarial Gaze: From 9/11 to Abu Ghraib
- Andrew Yale Glikman's CYB+ORG = (COLD) WAR MACHINE
- Stephen Graham's Cities and the 'War on Terror'
- David Haws' Engineering the Just War: Examination of an Approach to Teaching Engineering Ethics
- Cynthia Haynes' Armageddon Army: Playing God, God Mode Mods, and the Rhetorical Task of Ludology
- Friedrich Kittler's work
- Donald MacKenzie's Inventing Accuracy
- David Mindell's Between Human and Machine: Feedback, Control, and Computing Before Cybernetics
- Eyal Weizman's The Art of War

- Alex Galloway's The Politics of Code syllabus
- Rosalind Williams' Technology in a Dangerous World reading list
- FAS Biosecurity and Biodefense Resource
- Women and Peace Studies Bibliography

- The archeology of rocketry
- President Eisenhower's 1961 Farewell Address


Blogger Anne said...

I'd be happy to represent chicks who like to talk about war. My reading generally leans in the direction of the tactics and psychology of war. My favorites are by John Keegan (Face of Battle and Mask of Command), but they are more about the experience of the individual than your usual sociological fare.
I had a couple thoughts for you:
A while back (it may have been a couple years ago) I read an interesting article about the new military uniform and how they are incorporating new technologies, particularly information technologies. It seemed to be leaning towards new organizational structure for the military.
Also, you might also look into how the increased level of communication between the military in Iraq and thier families in the US is changing how we experience war. Soliers and blogging seems to me to be a perfect blend of technology, war, and ethics.
Thanks for the links, I'm looking forward to investigating them.

Anonymous Anne said...

anne?! (There's a weird mirror-thing happening here ;)

I'm so glad you mentioned the uniform because I'd almost forgotten(!?!) about the role of new materials in creating super-soldiers (see this article and this for examples).

In a world where militaries are co-opting Deleuze & Guattari, it's hard to get behind any sort of Situationist revival that will most likely materialise itself first as "situation-aware" technologies for soldiers!

And I hadn't considered the impact of communication technologies on soldiers' families - blogs *have* gone a long way in humanising the people who are paid to kill strangers, and who die alone, far from home.

Thanks also for the heads up on Keegan - I can't say I normally follow military history and is it just me, or is there a subtle but constant conservative underpinning to his analyses?

Blogger nokhochi said...

on nuclear waste:

Sven Lindqvist, History of Bombing

Judith Butler, Antigone's Claim, The Wellek Library Lectures (New York: Columbia UP, 2000) 36:
It is not the incest taboo that interrupts the love that family members have for one another; rather, it is the action of the state engaged in war. The effort to pervert by feminine means the universality for which the state stands is thus crushed by a countermovement of the state, one that not only interferes with the happiness of the family but enlists the family in the service of its own militarization. The state receives its army from the family, and the family meets its dissolution in the state ... (36)

Blogger nokhochi said...

The Bomb Project:

You could go back to Hobbes and the state of nature

I've always wanted to examine the connections between warfare and Frederick W. Taylor's _Principles of Scientific Management_

Of interest:

Blogger Anne said...

Heh. I forgot that the name Blogger displays doesn't include my last initial. This is Anne C. reporting, not the inimitable Anne G.
"Thanks also for the heads up on Keegan - I can't say I normally follow military history and is it just me, or is there a subtle but constant conservative underpinning to his analyses?"
Well, I can't really say I'm an expert in military history either. I'm more of a jack-of-all-trades rather than a master. I didn't really perceive a constant conservative underpinning myself, but I don't know precisely what to look for in that respect. On one hand, he is a historian (a generally conservative field) who focuses on the military (another generally conservative field). On the other hand, in looking over the final chapter of "The Mask of Command" for a hint of what might be interpreted as conservative, a line caught my eye -- "women can lead as well as, if not better than, men" (a parenthetical clarification of a leader as a "person", possibly because he'd been talking about historical leaders that were all men). Also, in the very final section about leadership in a nuclear age, he points out that because heroism *in leaders* is now possibly fatal to thousands, his final line is: "Today the best must find conviction to play the hero no more."
These, to me, are not conservative ideas. I would need a better understanding of which sort of conservative you mean in order to further the conversation. In the meantime, however, I believe that it is more the inherent conservatism in the material (and perhaps in his interpretation of history, rather than current times) that you detect than an underlying conservatism in Keegan himself. This is all supposition, of course, I don't really know.

Anonymous Linda said...

I've recently read a bit on the history of aerial leaflets(as propaganda and/or warning systems)prompted by the Israeli military's use of it right now in Lebanon. It's quite interesting.

Anonymous anne said...

thanks for all those great links nokhochi!

and anne, you're right, that doesn't sound conservative. i'll shut up now ;)

linda - do you have any links?

Anonymous Linda said...

Andrew M. Clark & Thomas B. Christie: "Ready, ready, drop: A content analysis of coalition leaflets used in the Iraq war" ( ) has a database on aerial leaflets ( )

The Psywar Society publish a journal named Falling Leaf on the subject

....I'm sure there are loads more out there I don't know much about the subject I just became intrigued after seeing this the other day

Anonymous samwise said...

nice ideas I'm teaching a class on similar topics

may I suggest

barbara ehrenreich - blood rites
elaine scarry - the body in pain
susan sontag - regarding the pain of others

a new book
ed halter - from sun tzu to xbox

and there is a great catalog from a show in barcelona simply called "On War" with some excellent essays


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