The adoption by the US military of the battlespace as the designated geographic location of violence illustrates more than the military’s fixation with new and ever better terminology.1 Rather, the advent of the battlespace (as opposed to the battlefield, or the theatre of operations) highlights an important shift in the way in which violence is conceived and enacted. In the words of the US Navy:

Revolutionary advances in the technologies of surveillance, communications, information processing, and weapon systems are increasing the pace and reach of warfare exponentially. Future warfare will take place in an expanded battlespace, characterized by rapid, simultaneous, and violent actions across all dimensions – air, land, sea, undersea, space, time, and the electromagnetic spectrum.