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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.description.urihttp://archive.org/details/militiasexplorin1094542631
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. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.en_US
dc.titleMilitias: exploring alternative force structures for national defenseen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.departmentDefense Analysis (DA)
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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