Accession Number : ADA547825


Title :   Fighting Networks: The Defining Challenge of Irregular Warfare


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA DEFENSE ANALYSIS DEPT


Personal Author(s) : Dean, Arleigh W


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a547825.pdf


Report Date : Jun 2011


Pagination or Media Count : 373


Abstract : The primary purpose of this study is to examine the role of networks in irregular warfare. Regardless of its many forms, the most salient aspect of modern irregular warfare is the increasingly networked nature of the antagonists. Countering these opponents requires a detailed understanding of their organization, doctrine, methods, and information usage. This research generated a theoretical framework that draws on the rich bodies of knowledge that inform network theory, network-based operations, irregular warfare, organization theory, and information strategy. Each of these theoretical areas provided hypotheses for identifying causal factors in how networks fight, and for developing a systematic framework for countering them. Comparative case studies focus on three networks engaged in irregular warfare: the Chechen separatists, Lebanese Hezbollah, and Al-Qaeda in Iraq. Overall, the thesis attempts to provide a systematic understanding of how to counter networked opponents.


Descriptors :   *ASYMMETRIC WARFARE , *COUNTERINSURGENCY , *COUNTERTERRORISM , *INFORMATION WARFARE , *IRAQI WAR , *LEBANON , *NETWORKS , *RUSSIA , CASE STUDIES , DECEPTION , DOCTRINE , MILITARY FORCES(FOREIGN) , MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES) , NETWORK CENTRIC WARFARE , ORGANIZATION THEORY , STRATEGY , THESES


Subject Categories : Humanities and History
      Unconventional Warfare


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE