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Conflict : how soldiers make impossible decisions

Author: Neil D Shortland; Laurence J Alison; Joseph M Moran
Publisher: [New York] : Oxford University Press, [2019]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This book is about decisions in military conflict, and the psychological conflict they cause. It explores how Soldiers choose between seemingly impossible options where all outcomes look horrendous, by drawing on interviews conducted with real Soldiers about real situations they faced. Their vivid and sometimes upsetting stories were part of the experience of war and became part of their identity. The book  Read more...
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Shortland, Neil D., author.
Conflict
New York : Oxford University Press, [2019]
(DLC) 2018047021
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Neil D Shortland; Laurence J Alison; Joseph M Moran
ISBN: 9780190623449 0190623446
OCLC Number: 1055571059
Description: xxii, 220 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Decisional conflict: from best to least-worst --
Military decision making: doctrine, rationality and field-based approaches --
The science of selecting least-worst options --
Situational awareness --
Formulating plans --
Executing plans --
Team learning --
Least-worst decision making "in extremis" --
Thoughts that haunt --
How do soldiers do what they do and what can we learn from them?.
Responsibility: Neil D. Shortland, Laurence J. Alison, and Joseph M. Moran.

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"This book is about decisions in military conflict, and the psychological conflict they cause. It explores how Soldiers choose between seemingly impossible options where all outcomes look horrendous, by drawing on interviews conducted with real Soldiers about real situations they faced. Their vivid and sometimes upsetting stories were part of the experience of war and became part of their identity. The book describes the processes that make choice selection so difficult, the psychology of decisional conflict, and the immediate, short, and longer term behavioral consequences of these actions. Special attention will be directed to the concept of 'decision inertia' - one of several kinds of 'failures to act' in which decision makers are unable to calculate and/or commit to a least-worst course of action. By referring to many real cases we invite the reader to consider their own responses to choosing between difficult options, in order to help them understand what it might feel like when you are faced with making a least-worst decision at war"--

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