Location

Room 3

Document Type

Paper

Keywords

mission creep, facts on the ground, chain of command, argumentation, bottom-up, top-down, exit strategies

Start Date

6-6-2020 8:00 AM

End Date

6-6-2020 8:00 AM

Abstract

At the outset ‘mission creep’ is a military phenomenon, denoting uncontrolled and unintended mission development. Even the best-laid plans may become obsolete if they run against the facts on the ground, and mission creep may result. Mission creep also plagues arguments, as when arguments end up in unrelated topics, larger targets, or clusters of topics. Our paper explores possible mutual benefits of applying the resources of argumentation theory and military theory to one another.

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Jun 6th, 8:00 AM Jun 6th, 8:00 AM

The Problem of Mission Creep: Argumentation Theory meets Military History

Room 3

At the outset ‘mission creep’ is a military phenomenon, denoting uncontrolled and unintended mission development. Even the best-laid plans may become obsolete if they run against the facts on the ground, and mission creep may result. Mission creep also plagues arguments, as when arguments end up in unrelated topics, larger targets, or clusters of topics. Our paper explores possible mutual benefits of applying the resources of argumentation theory and military theory to one another.