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War, mathematics, and simulation: Drones and (losing) control of battlespace

Crogan, Patrick

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Authors

Patrick Crogan Patrick.Crogan@uwe.ac.uk
Associate Professor in Digital Cultures



Contributors

Pat Harrigan
Editor

Matthew Kirschenbaum
Editor

Abstract

This chapter will reflect on aspects of the expansion of military drone usage by Western powers in the “war on terror” over the last decade or so. In examining contemporary and envisaged drone deployments I am also concerned with what they can reveal about the technical tendency animating them. Tracing this back to the beginnings of Western culture shows that the material course of drone “advances” shares key features with wider trends in global digital technocultural becoming. I will explore the nature of this tendency inherent in drone materiality and technology, concentrating on the virtualizing, real-time digital developments in remotely controlled and increasingly automated robotic systems. I will analyze the nature and implications of their realtime reanimation of the world in digital modelings of the enemy in and as milieu, a milieu as tiny as the space around a single “target” and as large as the world, existing both in a brief “window of opportunity” and within a permanent real-time of preemptive, pan-spectrum surveillance.

Citation

Crogan, P. (2016). War, mathematics, and simulation: Drones and (losing) control of battlespace. In M. Kirschenbaum, & P. Harrigan (Eds.), Zones of Control: Perspectives on Wargaming (641-667). Cambridge, MA: Massachusetts Institute of Technology Press (MIT Press)

Acceptance Date Nov 1, 2015
Publication Date Apr 1, 2016
Deposit Date Nov 26, 2015
Publicly Available Date May 17, 2016
Publisher Massachusetts Institute of Technology Press (MIT Press)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Pages 641-667
Series Title Game Histories
Book Title Zones of Control: Perspectives on Wargaming
ISBN 9780262033992
Keywords drones, simulation, Stiegler, military technology, war on terror
Public URL https://uwe-repository.worktribe.com/output/913562
Publisher URL https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/zones-control

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