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dc.contributor.advisorEverton, Sean F.
dc.contributor.authorTorner, Linus P.
dc.dateSep-15
dc.date.accessioned2015-11-06T18:22:53Z
dc.date.available2015-11-06T18:22:53Z
dc.date.issued2015-09
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10945/47340
dc.descriptionApproved for public release; distribution is unlimiteden_US
dc.description.abstractSeveral recent terrorist attacks in Western countries have highlighted the need for strategies to disrupt dark networks, and social network analysis (SNA) has proven to be a useful tool for analyzing network structure and identifying weaknesses, based on empirical data. But there are several other factors to consider, and by taking a network design approach, a better understanding can be gained of how networks function and what makes them successful. This thesis applies a conceptual network design approach, together with SNA, in a comparative case study where performance of historical terrorist networks is examined to find recommendations for future counter-terrorism efforts. The conclusion is that design matters; results depend on how well networks are configured for the specific environment, and the network design approach can be used together with SNA to identify vulnerabilities for exploitation. Networks require a balanced configuration to perform well; studying several endogenous and exogenous factors can help counter-terrorism services remove that balance for terrorist networks, and design their own networks to be as efficient as possible. To be successful, counter-terrorist organizations must out-design the terrorist networks.en_US
dc.description.urihttp://archive.org/details/anetworkdesignpp1094547340
dc.publisherMonterey, California: Naval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.rightsCopyright is reserved by the copyright owner.en_US
dc.titleA network design approach to countering terrorismen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.secondreaderIatrou, Steven J.
dc.contributor.departmentInformation Sciences (IS)
dc.subject.authorterrorismen_US
dc.subject.authorsocial network analysisen_US
dc.subject.authorinformation operationsen_US
dc.subject.authornetwork warfareen_US
dc.description.serviceCaptain, Swedish Armyen_US
etd.thesisdegree.nameMaster of Science in Information Warfare Systems Engineeringen_US
etd.thesisdegree.levelMastersen_US
etd.thesisdegree.disciplineInformation Warfare Systems Engineeringen_US
etd.thesisdegree.grantorNaval Postgraduate Schoolen_US


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