The Sociology of Military Science: Prospects for Postinstitutional Military Design

Author(s): Colonel Chris Paparone


This groundbreaking work challenges modernist military science and explores how a more open design epistemology is becoming an attractive alternative to a military staff culture rooted in a monistic scientific paradigm. The author offers fresh sociological avenues to become more institutionally reflexive - to offer a variety of design frames of reference, beyond those typified by modern military doctrine. Modernist military knowledge has been institutionalized to the point that blinds militaries to alternative designs organizationally and in their interventions. This book seeks to reconstruct strategy and operations in "designing ways" and develops theories of action through multifaceted contextualizations and recontextualizations of situations, showing that Military Design does not have to rely on set rational-analytic decision-making schemes, but on seeking alternative meanings in- and on-action. The work offers an alternative philosophy of practice that embraces the unpredictability of tasks to be accomplished. Written by Colonel Paparone (U.S. Army, Ret., PhD) with a special chapter by two active duty officers, it will appeal to all in military and security studies, including professionals and policymakers.


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This unique work challenges the traditional boundaries of military thought by showing how design studies can enrich thinking and acting in military strategy and operations.

Colonel Christopher R. Paparone (U.S. Army, Retired, PhD) is Associate Professor & Deputy Team Leader, US Army Command and General Staff College, Department of Joint, Interagency and Multinational Operations (DJIMO) at Fort Lee Satellite Campus, USA. While on active duty he served in various command and staff positions in the continental United States, Panama, Saudi Arabia, Germany, and Bosnia. Chapter 6: Major Grant Martin is a US Army Special Forces officer who has served two tours in Afghanistan and multiple deployments in support of United States Special Operations Command, South. Major Ben Zweibelson is a US Army Infantry officer from Connecticut who has over 18 years of combined enlisted and commissioned service, served two tours in Iraq, and is presently serving in Afghanistan.

1. The Institutionalization of Modern Military Science. 2. Frame Awareness. 3. A Critique of 'The Usual Suspects' for Military Design. 4. Relationalism. 5. The Reconstruction of Military Profession 6. Un Petit Recit from the Field (by Majors Grant Martin and Ben Zweibelson)

General Fields

  • : 9781441146694
  • : Continuum Publishing Corporation
  • : Continuum Publishing Corporation
  • : December 2012
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 224
  • : Colonel Chris Paparone
  • : Paperback