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dc.contributor.advisorBlanken, Leo
dc.contributor.advisorArquilla, John
dc.contributor.authorGavra, Daniel V.
dc.dateJune 2014
dc.date.accessioned2014-08-13T20:17:41Z
dc.date.available2014-08-13T20:17:41Z
dc.date.issued2014-06
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10945/42631
dc.descriptionApproved for public release; distribution is unlimiteden_US
dc.description.abstractLarge-scale conventional wars have become quite rare, yet most militaries are built with this model in mind. Conversely, less well-resourced entities employ force through part-time fighters and prevail at a higher rate than expected when facing standing militaries; in these cases, they employ pre-existing combat-related skills mastered either in civilian life or through military refresher courses. This research seeks to determine whether a militia-focused approach may be the most cost-effective security choice for a community; it may not be optimal for short, blitzkrieg-like engagements, but it may employ force effectively for defending the community it represents. Through analyzing three historical cases that stretch from small-scale to nationwide war, from desert to forested mountains, from unconventional to mechanized warfare, and from active combat to pure successful deterrence, this thesis examines the conditions under which a militia-based defense system is a viable and attractive option for national defense.en_US
dc.publisherMonterey, California: Naval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.rightsThis publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. As such, it is in the public domain, and under the provisions of Title 17, United States Code, Section 105, may not be copyrighted.en_US
dc.titleMilitias: exploring alternative force structures for national defenseen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.departmentDefense Analysis
dc.subject.authormilitiaen_US
dc.subject.authornational defenseen_US
dc.subject.authordeterrenceen_US
dc.subject.authorsecurityen_US
dc.subject.authormobilizationen_US
dc.subject.authorcitizen armyen_US
dc.subject.authorSwiss Armyen_US
dc.subject.authorIsraeli Defense Forcesen_US
dc.subject.authorAmerican Revolutionary Waren_US
dc.subject.authorstanding armyen_US
dc.subject.authortraditional armyen_US
dc.subject.authorirregular forces.en_US
dc.description.serviceLieutenant Colonel, Romanian Armyen_US
etd.thesisdegree.nameMaster of Science in Defense Analysisen_US
etd.thesisdegree.levelMastersen_US
etd.thesisdegree.disciplineDefense Analysisen_US
etd.thesisdegree.grantorNaval Postgraduate Schoolen_US


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