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Geoffrey S. Corn, Rachel E. VanLandingham, and Shane R. Reeves

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199328574

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199328574.001.0001

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Targeting and the Law of Armed Conflict

Targeting and the Law of Armed Conflict

(p.167) 6 Targeting and the Law of Armed Conflict
U.S. Military Operations

Gary P. Corn

James H. Dapper

Winston Williams

Oxford University Press

This chapter provides an overview of the legal architecture that frames deliberate and time-sensitive lethal targeting judgments by military commanders. It includes discussion of both the law of armed conflict,its principles such as precaustions and proportionality, and policy restrictions on otherwise lawful attacks imposed by rules of engagement. Of equal importance, it provides an overview of the staff planning process used to reconcile tactical, operational, and strategic objectives with the legal and policy rules regulating the use of combat power. In so doing, it provides the reader with an important insight into not only relevant law, but the methodology of applying this law to actual operations. Finally, the chapter illustrates application of this law and process through a number of hypothetical targeting problems as they work through the targeting cycle.

Keywords:   LOAC, proportionality, precautions, targeting cycle, deliberate targets, time-sensitive targets

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