Let the Revolution Begin, 140 Characters at a Time: Social Media and Unconventional Warfare
Air University Maxwell Air Force Base United States
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The rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria ISIS, or al-Dawla al-Islamiya fi al-Iraq wa al-Sham DAIISH, has been attributed to the groups ability to exploit social media to spread propaganda, control beliefs, recruit, preach, and broadcast ambitions. As a means to influence and motivate others to act on their behalf, DAIISHs use of social media is similar to the principles enshrined in U.S. military unconventional warfare UW doctrine. Although DAIISH is not the focus of this thesis, for a variety of reasons, this thesis seeks to answer the research question What are the common elements between, implications of, and recommendations for social media and UW Answering this question involves two sets of analysis.