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The Casualty GapThe Causes and Consequences of American Wartime Inequalities$
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Douglas Kriner and Francis Shen

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195390964

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195390964.001.0001

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The Future of the Casualty Gap

The Future of the Casualty Gap

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(p.226) 9 The Future of the Casualty Gap
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The Casualty Gap
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Douglas L. Kriner (Contributor Webpage)

Francis X. Shen (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195390964.003.0009

This chapter speculates about the future of the casualty gap. It argues that, due to advances in medical technology and the likely small scale of future conflicts, a “wounded gap” will become an increasingly important dimension of inequality that policymakers must consider. Given existing disparities in health care for veterans, a wounded gap may pose a particularly vexing challenge. Finally, whether it is deaths or wounds, raising awareness of the gap is critically important. Because Americans factor in the inequality consequences of conflicts when they evaluate the costs of war and forge their military policy preferences, fostering public recognition and discussion of the casualty gap should have significant consequences for the formulation of military policy.

Keywords:   casualty gap, war casualties, public opinion, military policy

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