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Algorithmic Warfare and the Reinvention of Accuracy

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E-pub ahead of print
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>2/05/2020
<mark>Journal</mark>Critical Studies on Security
Number of pages13
Publication StatusE-pub ahead of print
Early online date2/05/20
<mark>Original language</mark>English

Abstract

This article aims to integrate two interrelated strands in critical security studies. The first is mounting evidence for the fallacy of claims for precision and accuracy in the United States ‘counterterrorism’ programme, particularly as it involves expanding aerial surveillance in support of operations of extrajudicial assassination. The second line of critical analysis concerns growing investment in the further automation of these operations, more specifically in the form of the US Department of Defense Algorithmic Warfare Cross-Functional Team, or Project Maven. Building upon generative intersections of critical security studies and science and technology studies (STS), I argue that the promotion of automated data analysis under the sign of artificial intelligence can only serve to exacerbate military operations that are at once discriminatory and indiscriminate in their targeting, while remaining politically and legally unaccountable.

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This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Critical Studies on Security on 02/05/2020 available online: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/21624887.2020.1760587