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This list relates to the trimester Trimester 1 2019 which ended on 29/06/2019
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  1. Week #1 - Introduction: The Nature (and Theory) of War 2 items
    1. Defining War - Lawrence Freedman

      Chapter Required

    2. MCDP-1 Warfighting 1997

      Document Required Primary text. Read Chapter 1, 'The Nature of War' (pages 1-20).

  2. Week #2 - Clausewitz: Fog & Friction 5 items
    Read Clausewitz first, then Engberg-Pedersen, then Guha.
    1. On War - Carl von Clausewitz 1993

      Book Required Primary text. Read pages 136-140.

    2. Empire of Chance: The Napoleonic Wars and the Disorder of Things - Anders Engberg-Pedersen 2015

      Book Required Read pages 56 - 68.

    3. Clausewitzian Friction and Future War: Revised Edition - Barry D. Watts 2004

      Document Recommended Primary text. Read pages 1-22.

    4. On War Without the Fog - Eugenia C. Kiesling September - October 2001

      Article Recommended Primary text.

  3. Week #3 - Cybernetics and Game Theory 6 items
    1. The scientific way of warfare: order and chaos on the battlefields of modernity - Antoine J. Bousquet 2009

      Book Required Read the chapter entitled 'Cybernetic Warfare: Computers at War' (pages 121-161).

    2. The bomb and the computer - Andrew Wilson 1968

      Book Required Read the chapter entitled 'Game Theory' (pages 140-153).

    3. The Ontology of the Enemy: Norbert Wiener and the Cybernetic Vision - Peter Galison

      Chapter Required If you end up citing this chapter, please note that it begins with a short introduction written by Seth Giddings and Martin Lister. The rest of the chapter is by Peter Galison.

    4. Order & Disorder 2012

      Audio-visual document Recommended A wonderful BBC documentary film about the history of entropy and information theory. I highly recommend watching this as a supplement to this week's materials.

    5. War in the age of intelligent machines - Manuel DeLanda 1991

      Book Recommended This first chapter is lengthy, but worthwhile. Some observations about cybernetics and feedback begin around page 41. Game theory is discussed from around page 92. Also note that DeLanda applies concepts from chaos and complexity science to his analysis of the history of warfare.

    6. Nuclear Games - Lawrence Freedman

      Chapter Recommended Read the chapter entitled "Nuclear Games' (pages 145-155).

  4. Week #4 - Chaos & Complexity I: The OODA Loop 6 items
    1. Science, strategy and war: the strategic theory of John Boyd - Frans P. B. Osinga 2007

      Book Recommended This book is both a biography and an analysis of John Boyd's contributions to military thought.The chapter 'Core Arguments' is a valuable supplement to the Bousquets reading, but the early chapters are also worth looking at for their overview of Boyd's career, work, and thinking.

    2. Patterns of Conflict - John Boyd

      Audio-visual document Recommended Primary Text. This is a video recording of John Boyd delivering his briefing, 'Patterns of Conflict,' which is the key text in 'A Discourse on Winning and Losing,' as it's here where Boyd outlines the OODA loop. The date of the original recording is unknown.

    3. A Discourse on Winning and Losing - John Boyd 1992

      Webpage Recommended Primary Text. This website compiles together John Boyd's collection of briefing slides, which together constitute his 'A Disourse on Winning and Losing.' It is in these slides that Boyd outlines his theory of the OODA loop.

    4. Observation and Orientation - Lawrence Freedman

      Chapter Recommended Read the chapter entitled 'Observation and Orientation' (pages 119-213).

    5. What is a complex system? - James Ladyman, James Lambert, Karoline Wiesner 2013-1

      Article Recommended An account of the necessary and sufficient minimal conditions for defining complex systems. This is essential reading if you want to write about complexity science for assignment #1.

  5. Week #5 - Chaos & Complexity II: Beyerchen x Clausewitz 2 items
  6. Week #6 - Network-Centric Warfare 6 items
    1. Reimagining War in the 21st Century: From Clausewitz to Network-Centric Warfare - Manabrata Guha 2010

      Book Required Read the chapter entitled 'Machining (network-centric) war (pages 86-109). If you're up for a challenge, I also highly recommend the following chapter, which outlines Guha's brilliant critique of NCW. It's hard going, but extremely rewarding!

    2. The Revolution in Military Affars - Lawrence Freedman

      Chapter Recommended Read the chapter entitled 'The Revolution in Military Affairs' (pages 214-236).

    3. Network-Centric Warfare: Its Origins and Future - Arthur K. Cebrowski, John Gartska January 1998

      Article Recommended Primary Text. The first account of Network-Centric Warfare appears in this text, written for the US Navy in 1998.

    4. In Athena’s Camp - John Arquilla, David Ronfeldt 1997

      Book Recommended Primary text. RAND Corporation's 'In Athena's Camp' was one of the foundational texts that established the theoretical basis for Network-Centric Warfare. 'Cyberwar is Coming!' and 'Information, Power, and Grand Strategy' are perhaps the two most influential texts, so I recommend reading those.

    5. Larval Terror and the Digital Darkside - Nandita Biswas Mellamphy 14/11/2015

      Article Recommended A helpful analysis of the interplay between the ubiquitous forms of surveillance advocated for under the doctrine of NCW and the emergence of "larval terror" practices which seek to exploit them.

  7. Week #7 - The Logistics of Perception 3 items
    1. The Eye of War - Antoine Bousquet 2018

      Book Required Read the chapters entitled 'Introduction: Visibility Equals Death' (pages 1-20) and 'Imaging' (pages 81-118). If you have time, the whole book is worthwhile.

    2. War and Cinema: the Logistics of Perception - Paul Virilio 1989

      Book Required Read the Preface and chapters 1 ('Military Force is Based Upon Deception') and 2 ('Cinema Isn't I See It's I Fly'). The Talis link isn't working, but you can access a PDF document of them in our Readings folder on Blackboard.

    3. Phantom Images - Harun Farocki 2004

      Article Recommended Harun Farocki's account of the operational image. This is a really vital compliment to Virilio and Bousquet.

  8. Week #8 - Sonic Warfare 4 items
    1. What is Sonic Warfare? - Steve Goodman

      Chapter Required Read pages 5-43.

    2. The Soundtrack to War - Matthew Sumera

      Chapter Required Read the chapter entitled 'The Soundtrack to War' (pages 214-233)

    3. The Art of Noise - Luigi Russolo 2004

      Document Recommended Originally published in 1913, and translated into English in 1967, this is Luigi Russolo's futurist manifesto, The Art of Noises.

    4. Kode9 on Frequencies, Burial and Dance Music Exploration - Kode9 2010

      Audio-visual document Recommended This is a relatively accessible introduction to the work of Steve Goodman / Kode9. In this interview/lecture for RBMA, he provides an overview of his career both as a musician and academic. He discusses his book, Sonic Warfare, from around 37:43.

  9. Week #9 - Wargames 5 items
    1. War Games: A History of War on Paper - Philipp von Hilgers, Ross Benjamin 2012 (electronic resource)

      Book Required Read the chapter entitled 'The State of the War Game' (pages 31-56). The really important section, describing the history and significance of the Reiswitzes' Kriegsspiel, begins on page 43.

    2. Virtuous War/Virtual Theory - James Der Derian 10/2000

      Article Required A book length version of this paper, by James Der Derian, exists. You can find it under the title "Virtuous War: Mapping the Military-Industrial-Media-Entertainment-Network." The library has access to an Ebook copy, and I highly recommend having a read of it if you're going to write about games/simulations.

    3. When a Spiel is not a Game - Jorit Wintjes 20/10/2017

      Article Recommended Useful for its account of the history and significance of the Prussian wargame, Kriegsspiel.

    4. “Not an Ordinary Game, But a School of War” - Jorit Wintjes 01/08/2016

      Article Recommended Useful for its account of the history and significance of the Prussian wargame, Kriegsspiel.

  10. Week #10 - Drone Warfare/Autonomous Warfare 4 items
    1. Army of None: Autonomous Weapons and the Future of War - Paul Scharre 2018

      Book Required You can find a PDF of the two set chapters from this reading in the "Readings and Resources" folder on Blackboard.

    2. A theory of the drone - Grégoire Chamayou 2015

      Book Required Read pages 31-59.

    3. Drones and Dread - James Bridle

      Chapter Recommended Read the chapter entitled 'Drones and Dread' (pages 79-87)

    4. Orientalism in the Machine - Josef Teboho Ansorge

      Chapter Recommended

  11. Week #11 - Necropolitics & Architectural Warfare 4 items
    1. Necropolitics - Achille Mbembe

      Article Required

    2. Governing Indigenous Sovereignty: Biopolitics and the "Terror Raids" in New Zealand - Vijay Devadas

      Chapter Required Read Chapter 1, 'Governing Indigenous Sovereignty'

    3. Hollow land: Israel's architecture of occupation - Eyal Weizman 2012

      Book Recommended Read the chapter entitled 'Settlements: Optical Urbanism' (pages 87-110).

  12. Week #12 - Conclusion: The Future of War 0 items