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

Report Date:

2014-12-01

Pagination or Media Count:

153.0

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.

Subject Categories:

  • Government and Political Science
  • Sociology and Law

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE