Accession Number:

ADA434577

Title:

Swarming and the Future of Warfare

Descriptive Note:

Doctoral thesis

Corporate Author:

RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2005-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

323.0

Abstract:

The long-standing trends in warfare- greater non-linearity- beg the question of whether a dramatic change in military doctrine and organization is necessary. One possibility worthy of consideration is a doctrine based on swarming and other nonlinear, dispersed tactics. Very little historical research has been conducted on the use of swarming. This work seeks to address this deficiency by analyzing twenty three case studies of past swarming in order to derive a framework for understanding swarm outcomes. The conclusions of this historical analysis are then applied to a discussion of future swarming by both friendly and enemy forces.

Subject Categories:

  • Computer Programming and Software
  • Computer Hardware
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
  • Unconventional Warfare

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE