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How and Why the Role of the Military (and War Itself) is Changing

With Rosa Brooks, a law professor at the Georgetown University Law Center, a columnist and contributing editor for Foreign Policy, former Counselor to the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, and current Special Coordinator for Rule of Law and Humanitarian Policy, running a new Pentagon office dedicated to those issues. She has received the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service for her work. Her latest book is How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything: Tales from the Pentagon.

About the book:

front-facing-3d-800x600-crop-u77785The first serious book to examine what happens when the ancient boundary between war and peace is erased.

Once, war was a temporary state of affairs—a violent but brief interlude between times of peace. Today, America’s wars are everywhere and forever: our enemies change constantly and rarely wear uniforms, and virtually anything can become a weapon. As war expands, so does the role of the US military. Today, military personnel don’t just “kill people and break stuff.” Instead, they analyze computer code, train Afghan judges, build Ebola isolation wards, eavesdrop on electronic communications, develop soap operas, and patrol for pirates. You name it, the military does it.

Rosa Brooks traces this seismic shift in how America wages war from an unconventional perspective—that of a former top Pentagon official who is the daughter of two anti-war protesters and a human rights activist married to an Army Green Beret.

Read more at: http://www.rosabrooks.com/books.html

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