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dc.contributor.advisorEverton, Sean F.
dc.contributor.advisorDenning, Dorothy E.
dc.contributor.authorErlacher, Matthew D.
dc.dateMar-13
dc.date.accessioned2013-05-08T20:41:48Z
dc.date.available2013-05-08T20:41:48Z
dc.date.issued2013-03
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10945/32815
dc.description.abstractSince the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the United States military has been engaged against transnational networks, a domain for which many of its processes were not designed and are not well-suited. A significant part of the militarys struggle of the last decade of war has been a lack of a framework for understanding and measuring changes in social networks, especially insurgent or terrorist networks known as dark networks. This thesis puts forth an experimental framework called the Special Operations Network Analysis Process, or SONAP, to solve that problem. SONAP combines the CARVER target analysis method with Social Network Analysis and a systems framework for identifying and bounding social mechanisms that support dark networks, as well as a means for identifying and evaluating changes in networks. This framework is then applied to a 2006 open-source data set of an Indonesian terrorist network. The result is a demonstrated utility in not only understanding the structure of that dark network, but also in designing an intervention strategy, along with means to measure structural and operational changes in that network.en_US
dc.description.urihttp://archive.org/details/fightingdarknetw1094532815
dc.publisherMonterey, California. Naval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.titleFIGHTING DARK NETWORKS: USING SOCIAL NETWORK ANALYSIS TO IMPLEMENT THE SPECIAL OPERATIONS TARGETING PROCESS FOR DIRECT AND INDIRECT APPROACHESen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.departmentDefense Analysis (DA)
dc.subject.authorsocial network analysisen_US
dc.subject.authordark networksen_US
dc.subject.authorspecial operationsen_US
dc.subject.authorirregular warfareen_US
dc.subject.authortargetingen_US
dc.subject.authordirect approachen_US
dc.subject.authorindirect approachen_US
dc.subject.authorterrorismen_US
dc.subject.authorcounterterrorismen_US
dc.subject.authorcounterinsurgencyen_US
dc.subject.authorpseudo operationsen_US
dc.subject.authoreffects-based operationsen_US
dc.subject.authoreffects-based thinkingen_US
dc.subject.authorsystems thinkingen_US
dc.subject.authorsocial systemsen_US
dc.description.serviceMajor, United States Armyen_US
etd.thesisdegree.nameMaster Of Science In Defense Analysisen_US
etd.thesisdegree.levelMastersen_US
etd.thesisdegree.disciplineDefense Analysisen_US
dc.description.distributionstatementApproved for public release; distribution is unlimited.


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