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Symbiotic Warfare: Resource Competition and Conflict

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[Technical Report, Research Paper]

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To facilitate military operations in a megacity, it is first important to understand how congested and densely populated environments react when predators disturb their ecosystem in search of resources. This research explores the megacity by extrapolating key concepts from invasion biology and social science to explain how resource dependency affects the ability of external predators to invade densely populated environments. In section one, a literature review provides the reader evidence that resource constraints in a megacity have the propensity to perpetuate conflict. Section two uses invasion biology and agent based modeling to observe and describe the interconnectedness that exists between a megacitys population, resources, and predators, which seek to exploit those resources. Section three expands on the overall conclusion from section two, which is that densely populated environments and the complex networks that support resource allocation and distribution to the population exist in a delicate, symbiotic balance. Section three also introduces the reader to a proposed operational concept. T

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  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

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[A, Approved For Public Release]