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Remote Warfare and the Retooling of American Primacy

Biegon, Rubrick, Watts, Tom F. A. (2022) Remote Warfare and the Retooling of American Primacy. Geopolitics, 27 (3). pp. 948-971. ISSN 1465-0045. E-ISSN 1557-3028. (doi:10.1080/14650045.2020.1850442) (KAR id:84686)

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Abstract

This paper argues for the utility of remote warfare as a means of analysing the geopolitics of American primacy. Through the use of new technologies and surrogate forces to address security challenges with a minimal military footprint, remote warfare (re)imposes political distance between the United States and the sites of its military interventions. Its constitutive modalities of intervention range from drones and Special Operations Forces to Private Military Security Companies, security cooperation programmes and emerging technologies associated with Artificial Intelligence. As public support for large-scale overseas interventions has dwindled and strategic competition with China has intensified, remote warfare represents a means of ‘retooling’ US primacy, which is both a structural condition and a strategic orientation. As a strategic approach to the use of force, remote warfare enables the American state to project military power in a more flexible and sustainable manner. This has supported the maintenance of US primacy as Washington’s strategic focus has shifted from counterterrorism towards a renewed emphasis on great power competition.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/14650045.2020.1850442
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations
Depositing User: Rubrick Biegon
Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2020 13:35 UTC
Last Modified: 29 Jun 2022 23:00 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/84686 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Biegon, Rubrick: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4337-809X
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