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dc.contributor.advisorMcCormick, Gordon H.
dc.contributor.authorVan Horn, Tyler G.
dc.date.accessioned2012-03-14T17:46:08Z
dc.date.available2012-03-14T17:46:08Z
dc.date.issued2011-06
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10945/5624
dc.description.abstractThe conduct of warfare through proxies, also known as unconventional warfare, is a difficult feat for a nation to accomplish. The successful employment of surrogate forces depends to a significant degree on the relationships cultivated between the sponsor and the insurgent, and the various actors between the two. This thesis will examine the conduct of an Unconventional Warfare (UW) insurgency campaign from the perspective of Principal-agent Theory. The case study examined will be Operation ST CIRCUS, the Central Intelligence Agency's (CIA) support for Tibetan insurgents from 1956 to 1974. The research will model the principal-agent dynamics of a UW campaign at the global, regional, and local levels, and will demonstrate the options available for the counter-insurgent to indirectly topple the insurgency by destabilizing the relationships between the principal and its agents. By applying Principal-agent Theory concepts to UW, this research will provide a new model for the examination of potential UW campaigns, and potential methods for countering UW campaigns conducted by global adversaries against U.S. interests.en_US
dc.description.urihttp://archive.org/details/theutilityoffree109455624
dc.format.extentxvi, 67 p. : ill. ;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. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.en_US
dc.subject.lcshInsurgencyen_US
dc.subject.lcshCounterinsurgencyen_US
dc.titleThe utility of freedom a principal-agent model for unconventional warfareen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.secondreaderSepp, Kalev I.
dc.contributor.corporateNaval Postgraduate School (U.S.)
dc.contributor.departmentDefense Analysis (DA)
dc.description.recognitionOutstanding Thesisen_US
dc.identifier.oclc743348799
etd.thesisdegree.nameM.S.en_US
etd.thesisdegree.levelMastersen_US
etd.thesisdegree.disciplineDefense Analysisen_US
etd.thesisdegree.grantorNaval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
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