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Vicarious Warfare: American Strategy and the Illusion of War on the Cheap

Thomas Waldman


America has been at war for most of the 20th and 21st centuries and during that time has progressively moved towards a vicarious form of warfare, where key tasks are delegated to proxies, the military's exposure to danger is limited, and special forces and covert instruments are on the increase. Important strategic decisions are taken with minimal scrutiny or public engagement. This book charts the historical emergence of this distinctive tradition of war and explains the factors driving its contemporary prominence. It argues that vicarious warfare is an extreme form of strategic alchemy, and ... More

Keywords: America, vicarious warfare, strategic harm, military force, US military

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9781529206999
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2021 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781529206999.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Thomas Waldman, author
Macquarie University

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