Light It Up: The Marine Eye for Battle in the War for Iraq

Light It Up: The Marine Eye for Battle in the War for Iraq

by John Pettegrew


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781421417851
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 11/15/2015
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

John Pettegrew, an associate professor of history and director of the American Studies Program at Lehigh University, is the author of Brutes in Suits: Male Sensibility in America, 1890–1920.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction. Force Projection and the Marine Eye for Battle 1

1 Shock and Awe and Air Power 12

Network-Centric Warfare, Sensors, and Total Situational Awareness 13

Achieving Rapid Dominance in Iraq 17

Kill Boxes, LITENING Pods, and the Third Marine Aircraft Wing 20

"Keep Your Eyes Out," Fair Fighting, and Memories of Killing 26

2 Of War Porn and Pleasure in Killing 37

Pornography Is the Theory, and Killing the Practice 41

Classic Hollywood Combat Films 45

Marine Moto on YouTube 49

The Iraq War on Television 57

3 Fallujah, First to Fight, and Ludology 65

Ender's Game and the Rise of Simulation in Military Training, 1995-2005 69

From Combat Films to Video Games 78

The Value Added to Military Training 82

Fighting in the Digitized Streets of Beirut 86

4 Counterinsurgency and "Turning off the Killing Switch" 96

Empathy, General Mattis, and the Profound Paradox of Marine Humanitarianism 100

Haditha, Acute Stress, and the Excesses of Occupying Force 104

USMC Literary Culture and Warrior Ethos 112

"Which Way Would You Run?" 118

5 Posthuman Warfighting 127

Marines in Science Fiction and in Space 131

The Postmasculinist Marines and New Optics of Combat 136

The Gladiator Robot and the Critique of Remote Warfare 142

6 Synthetic Visions of War: Conclusion and Epilogue 149

Biopolitics and the Costs of War 151

Digital Culture and the Computational Marine 155

Subjectivity lives and Dies 167

Notes 177

Essay on Primary Sources 201

Index 203

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Joseph A. November

"An intriguing book that will spark productive discussions in the classroom and beyond. Pettegrew's compelling account draws shocking and persuasive connections between videogames, optical technologies, and institutionalized violence."

William Thomas Allison

"A bold, complex, wonderfully written book with a revolutionary thesis: that technologies of seeing and the outlook of marines combine to form a 'projection of force' beyond the traditional meaning of the concept. Provocative and original."

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