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Accession Number ADA573815
Title Improving Nonlethal Targeting: A Social Network Analysis Method for Military Planners.
Publication Date Dec 2012
Media Count 83p
Personal Author J. C. Brown
Abstract Nonlethal strategies are an essential element in the military targeting process to defeat and disrupt terrorist and insurgent networks. The majority of nonlethal options of military power come through Information Operations, including the use of deception. This thesis explores how a deception plan against a terrorist network can be informed and prepared using social network analysis methods. Selecting targets that fragment the network becomes the object of the deception, whereas the actual targets of deception are individuals who are connected to these fragmentation nodes. A simulation of how information diffuses through the network helps to identify how rapidly and how far a misinformation message might spread. Social network analysis also shows where intelligence collection might be incorporated to provide feedback about the success of message dissemination and the deception effort.
Keywords Computerized simulation
Group dynamics
Information dissemination
Interpersonal relations
Military information support operat
Military planning
Nonlethal strategies
Nonlethal targeting
Social network analysis
Terrorist networks

Source Agency Non Paid ADAS
NTIS Subject Category 74G - Military Operations, Strategy, & Tactics
92B - Psychology
57T - Psychiatry
63B - Electromagnetic & Acoustic Countermeasures
Corporate Author Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA. Defense Analysis Dept.
Document Type Thesis
Title Note Master's thesis.
NTIS Issue Number 1318
Contract Number N/A

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