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Defense Analysis (DA)

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The mission of the Defense Analysis Department is to arm select US and international military professionals and interagency personnel with the critical thinking skills and specialized knowledge that they will need for waging and prevailing in the complex conflicts under way — and those to come.
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    Forecasting the fall of the IS caliphate: An expected utility model (EUM) and social network analysis (SNA) approach
    (2017-11) Wilcox, Pete; Fox, William; Hammond, Jesse; Whiteside, Craig; Defense Analysis (DA); Graduate School of Operational and Information Sciences (GSOIS); Naval Postgraduate School (U.S.); Defense Analysis (DA); Graduate School of Operational and Information Science (GSOIS)
    Are there information platforms that analysts can leverage to more accurately chart the evolution of political decisions and their attendant consequences for current and future military strategies? Such tools would enable analysts to engineer alternate favorable outcomes that best supports U.S. interests not achieved through sole reliance on subject matter expertise.
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    Revitalization of Air Force SOF Leadership Development
    (2018-12) Redaja, Matthew; Strawser, Bradley J.; Defense Analysis (DA); Graduate School of Operational and Information Sciences (GSOIS); Naval Postgraduate School (U.S.); Defense Analysis (DA)
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    Strategic Thinking: How Special Forces Officers Can Influence Success
    (2019-12) Gianos, Steven; LaFountain, Jeremy; Burks, Robert; Blanken, Leo; Defense Analysis (DA); Graduate School of Operational and Information Sciences (GSOIS); Naval Postgraduate School (U.S.); Defense Analysis (DA); Graduate School of Operational and Information Science (GSOIS)
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    American Identity Narratives: A threat to National Security?
    (2017-11) Erickson, Bradley M.; Widmer, Mark A.; Simons, Anna; Borer, Douglas A.; Defense Analysis (DA); Graduate School of Operational and Information Sciences (GSOIS); Naval Postgraduate School (U.S.); Defense Analysis (DA); Graduate School of Operational and Information Science (GSOIS)
    Why do America’s identity narratives matter for national security? Current American identity narratives matter to the USG because a divided society may lead to a divided military, or worse, a civil-military divide so profound that the military might one day resemble some version of a Praetorian Guard—an element almost as divorced from its citizens as it is from its adversaries. Additionally, the tradition of assigning identities to groups and individuals creates social tensions that degrade the cohesion for a healthy American society from which, the Defense Department will continue to draw its recruits. The ultimate goal of this thesis seeks to inform USG that priority should be given to researching and studying the conflicting American identity narratives which, at the time of this writing, show no sign of self-correction.
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    Just War Theory Reloaded: The Ethics of SOF in Modern Conflict
    (2017-11) Orr, Scott W.; Strawser, BJ; Lee, Doowan; Defense Analysis (DA); Graduate School of Operational and Information Sciences (GSOIS); Naval Postgraduate School (U.S.); Defense Analysis (DA); Graduate School of Operational and Information Science (GSOIS)
    Research Question: Does the application of SOF represent a moral improvement in the prevention of unnecessary loss of life prior to, during, and post-armed conflict scenarios? Further, does SOF represent an evolution, as well as, an ethical expansion in military capability bound by just war theory?
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    21st Century Warfare: Factors Impacting Effective Relationships Between SOF and their Partners
    (2018-12) Gojowsky, Torsten; Koegler, Sebastian; Blanken, Leo; Burks, Robert; Defense Analysis (DA); Graduate School of Operational and Information Sciences (GSOIS); Naval Postgraduate School (U.S.); Defense Analysis (DA); Graduate School of Operational and Information Science (GSOIS)
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    SNCOs: A Developmental Analysis
    (2018-12) Eudy, Alex; Borer, Douglas A.; DiRenzo, Marco; Defense Analysis (DA); Graduate School of Operational and Information Sciences (GSOIS); Naval Postgraduate School (U.S.); Defense Analysis (DA)
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    Winter Is Coming: Ensuring U.S. Special Forces is Prepared to Fight and Win in a Cold Weather Environment
    (2018-12) Wade, Andrew Maggini; Burks, Robert; McCormick, Gordon; Defense Analysis (DA); Graduate School of Operational and Information Sciences (GSOIS); Naval Postgraduate School (U.S.); Defense Analysis (DA); Graduate School of Operational and Information Science (GSOIS)
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    Relational Maneuver: How to Wage Irregular Warfare and MARSOCs Strategic Application
    (2018-12) Bailey, Paul G.; Woods, David J.; Sepp, Kalev I.; Defense Analysis (DA); Graduate School of Operational and Information Sciences (GSOIS); Naval Postgraduate School (U.S.); Defense Analysis (DA); Graduate School of Operational and Information Science (GSOIS)
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    The Man Who Would Be King
    (2017-11) Kitchen, Reed; Borer, Douglas A.; Defense Analysis (DA); Graduate School of Operational and Information Sciences (GSOIS); Naval Postgraduate School (U.S.); Defense Analysis (DA); Graduate School of Operational and Information Science (GSOIS)
    In 1888, Rudyard Kipling published The Man Who Would Be King from Allahabad in British India. The short story follows two former soldiers on their quest to become kings of Kafiristan, or modern-day Nuristan in Afghanistan. The story was turned into a movie in 1975 starring Sean Connery and Michael Caine and is used at the Naval Postgraduate School as a teaching tool in the Department of Defense Analysis’s Military Advisor course. Over two hours and nine minutes, the film raises challenges that are still relevant to advising foreign militaries.