Normative and descriptive models of military decisions to deploy precision strike capabilities

Banks, Adrian and Dhami, Mandeep K. ORCID logoORCID: (2014) Normative and descriptive models of military decisions to deploy precision strike capabilities. Military Psychology, 26 (1) . pp. 33-43. ISSN 0899-5605 [Article] (doi:10.1037/mil0000028)


Precision strike capabilities represent a significant and highly controversial part of present day military operations. And yet, there is a surprising dearth of empirical research on military decision making in this domain. In this article, we therefore review different psychological perspectives on how these decisions can be made. Specifically, we compare the application of normative models of judgment and choice against the empirical research on human decision making, which suggests that people are more likely to employ heuristic strategies. We suggest that several features of decision tasks
in the precision strike domain evoke the use of intuitive (heuristic) decision making whereas other features such as the sometimes unfamiliar (or novel) nature of the decision task requires analytic strategies to generate good solutions. Therefore, decisions about precision strike capabilities are best made with a mixture of intuitive and analytic thought, a mode of thinking known as quasirationality.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Psychology
Item ID: 15946
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Depositing User: Mandeep Dhami
Date Deposited: 13 May 2015 13:52
Last Modified: 29 Nov 2019 11:38

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