Accession Number : ADA621447


Title :   Network Design Guidance for the Global Special Operations Forces Network


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA


Personal Author(s) : Medrano, Raul M ; Hartley, Jason A ; Anderson, Marvin


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a621447.pdf


Report Date : Dec 2014


Pagination or Media Count : 153


Abstract : The current national security strategy calls for an increased reliance on relationships with diverse partners to address the challenges of the contemporary security environment. United States Special Operations Command is confronting these challenges with a Global Special Operations Forces (SOF) Network (GSN). The question is this: how should SOF develop social networks in support of the GSN? This study employs a mixed-methods research design to create a process model of social network design to aid SOF in the development of the GSN. The model consists of five composite factors: expertise (E), sensemaking (S), connection (C), action (A) and narrative (N). These five factors are interconnected and form a process model called ESCAN. The model is offered as a guide to assist SOF personnel in developing their social networks and building out the GSN.


Descriptors :   *COLLABORATIVE TECHNIQUES , *INTERAGENCY COORDINATION , *ONLINE COMMUNITIES , *SPECIAL OPERATIONS FORCES , CASE STUDIES , COUNTERTERRORISM , EUROPEAN UNION , GUIDANCE , INFORMATION EXCHANGE , INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS , KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT , MILITARY FORCES(FOREIGN) , MILITARY STRATEGY , NATIONAL SECURITY , NETWORKS , PUBLIC SAFETY , QUALITATIVE ANALYSIS , SKILLS , SOCIAL WELFARE , THESES , UNITED NATIONS , UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT


Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Sociology and Law


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE