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      Winning wars: the triumphs and myths of technology

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            This paper examines the use of technology in warfare, from the Great War, with its use of artillery, to the War on Terror, with its breakthrough in air and drone power. The use of drones, due to their alleged precision, was meant to be ethical and legal. Strategic bombardment, it was claimed, could win wars. It would also cement the American claim of superiority, hegemony, and power in the war against terrorism. We ask if superior technology can guarantee victory and what that victory would look like, or whether its use can result in such human loss that a military victory becomes unconscionable. After the failure of technology to protect life in the 20th century, what has been achieved in the 21st century War on Terror? What constitutes a triumph and to what extent is that triumph a myth?


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            Journal of Global Faultlines
            Pluto Journals
            1 December 2019
            : 6
            : 2 ( doiID: 10.13169/jglobfaul.6.issue-2 )
            : 127-138
            Dr Lily Hamourtziadou is a Senior Lecturer in Security Studies and Deputy Course Director at the Department of Criminology at Birmingham City University, and Principal Researcher for Iraq Body Count (IBC).
            Jonathan Jackson is a Senior Teaching Fellow and Programme Director in Policing at Birmingham City University.
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