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Changing warfare, information warfare and imagewars

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When the United States found itself being the target of terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, it decided to use of military force as the major means of abolishing terrorists (instead of paying attention to the bases of terrorism). The current deputy defense secretary Paul Wolfowitz can be seen as the architect of the new policy of the use of force, while the theoretical architect of the military doctrine is Harlan Ullman with his thoughts of shock and awe. According to this new doctrine the United States is justified to carry out pre-emptive strikes on states or networks considered to be a threat to US security. The threat to security is created especially when economic and technological structures are endangered. This paper aims at clarifying the relationship between information and violence, and especially to the reorganization of military force. Through the latter, emphasis is also placed on the re-evaluation of political means that are made possible by military force. It is maintained that war is no longer the continuation of politics by other means, but politics is the continuation of war by other means. The shock and awe strategy is based on the chain of ideas in which the use of physical force is to cause dramatical psychological fear so preventing military counter-moves by the enemy. An atmosphere of fear is used to create psychological, physical and emotional chaos that leads to social helplessness and surrender, or to taking the risk that continuing resistance will lead to total destruction. The military doctrines are an aspect or application of more general theories of information (and information society). Therefore, the basic point of departure is the idea that as far as speed and expenses are concerned, the most efficient way to code knowledge, i.e. information, leads to the behaviorization of society and the overheating of thoughts. The major task is to show how the present information age represents and is based on the return of social Darwinism. A key part of this ideology is to perceive and model human behavior in a mechanical way in order to submit it to rigorous scientific analysis and management. The narrowing of time, the automatization of life, the privatization of power and the alliances of the economy and technology result in the need to simplify human perception, behavior and thinking. Simple discourses lead to easy solutions and the consequences may include the lowering of the level of the use of force.
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Huhtinen, Aki. "Changing warfare, information warfare and imagewars" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Studies Association, Le Centre Sheraton Hotel, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Mar 17, 2004 <Not Available>. 2009-05-26 <http://www.allacademic.com/meta/p73898_index.html>

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Huhtinen, A. , 2004-03-17 "Changing warfare, information warfare and imagewars" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Studies Association, Le Centre Sheraton Hotel, Montreal, Quebec, Canada <Not Available>. 2009-05-26 from http://www.allacademic.com/meta/p73898_index.html

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Abstract: When the United States found itself being the target of terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, it decided to use of military force as the major means of abolishing terrorists (instead of paying attention to the bases of terrorism). The current deputy defense secretary Paul Wolfowitz can be seen as the architect of the new policy of the use of force, while the theoretical architect of the military doctrine is Harlan Ullman with his thoughts of shock and awe. According to this new doctrine the United States is justified to carry out pre-emptive strikes on states or networks considered to be a threat to US security. The threat to security is created especially when economic and technological structures are endangered. This paper aims at clarifying the relationship between information and violence, and especially to the reorganization of military force. Through the latter, emphasis is also placed on the re-evaluation of political means that are made possible by military force. It is maintained that war is no longer the continuation of politics by other means, but politics is the continuation of war by other means. The shock and awe strategy is based on the chain of ideas in which the use of physical force is to cause dramatical psychological fear so preventing military counter-moves by the enemy. An atmosphere of fear is used to create psychological, physical and emotional chaos that leads to social helplessness and surrender, or to taking the risk that continuing resistance will lead to total destruction. The military doctrines are an aspect or application of more general theories of information (and information society). Therefore, the basic point of departure is the idea that as far as speed and expenses are concerned, the most efficient way to code knowledge, i.e. information, leads to the behaviorization of society and the overheating of thoughts. The major task is to show how the present information age represents and is based on the return of social Darwinism. A key part of this ideology is to perceive and model human behavior in a mechanical way in order to submit it to rigorous scientific analysis and management. The narrowing of time, the automatization of life, the privatization of power and the alliances of the economy and technology result in the need to simplify human perception, behavior and thinking. Simple discourses lead to easy solutions and the consequences may include the lowering of the level of the use of force.

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