Title: Are Reinterpretations of Combatant, Non-Combatant
Relations Needed by
Military Forces Acting in an Occupational Setting?
Author: MIDN Tyson B.
Summary: This paper
considers several factors that make military situations such as the current
occupation of Iraq
different from traditional military operations and considers what effects these
differences may or should have on combatant/non-combatant relations. Two key elements are argued concerning the
inadequacy of traditional double-effect doctrine and the necessity of
occupational operations to be conducted as expediently as possible. The author proposes considering a new
perspective on the effects of non-combatant casualties (called “triple-effect”)
as well as a suggestion on what operational changes may need to be considered
when working for success in nation building occupations.
Contact: MIDN Tyson