Accession Number:

ADA622628

Title:

Get Flat, or Get Flattened: Adapting to the Forces of Globalization

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis

Corporate Author:

NATIONAL DEFENSE UNIV NORFOLK VA JOINT FORCES STAFF COLLEGE

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2015-02-25

Pagination or Media Count:

61.0

Abstract:

The legacy international order that the United States and its allies have depended upon for security and prosperity is unraveling. Many U.S. adversaries have adapted their forms of nonconventional warfare to leverage the forces of globalization to amplify their power, while simultaneously neutralizing superior U.S. conventional military power. National security processes and U.S. military doctrine remain trapped in a paradigm designed for a bygone era. This thesis asserts two mutually supporting arguments. First, shaping operations in the new normal are as strategically important as winning traditional interstate wars. Second, to enable the joint force to align against the expanding multiplicity of globally dispersed threats it must embrace the power of human networks. This paper proposes establishing Regional Security Networks RSN to assist the joint force in adapting to 21st century security challenges.

Subject Categories:

  • Economics and Cost Analysis
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE