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dc.contributor.authorEverton, Sean F.
dc.contributor.authorCunningham, Daniel T.
dc.contributor.authorCallaghan, Christopher J.
dc.date2021
dc.date.accessioned2022-06-21T22:53:11Z
dc.date.available2022-06-21T22:53:11Z
dc.date.issued2021
dc.identifier.otherNPS-21-N113-B
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10945/69845
dc.descriptionNPS NRP Project Poster
dc.description.abstractThis study’s purpose is to examine Naval Special Warfare Command’s (NAVSPECWARCOM) “blue network” and evaluate its structural strengths and weaknesses, as well as provide recommendations as to how the command can improve its ability to leverage its network and draw insights from it. This paper examines this topic from a social network perspective on social capital. Guided by extant social network research, it maps and analyzes the network’s structural patterns and assesses the extent to which it has access to critical resources and expertise from outside networks (e.g., academic and private industry). It finds that both close personal and colleague relations contribute substantially to regular communication patterns among personnel. Blue network members tend to form communication clusters as well, which can permit information and resources to transmit efficiently across them, especially in its relatively decentralized form. In fact, the command can rely on many network members to gain access to capital within the structure rather than depend heavily on a few well-connected individuals. However, about a quarter of respondents do not communicate regularly with the command, which indicates that capital may not reach the command. Furthermore, the type of capital to which the network has access varies. While it appears relatively strong in technology-based areas (e.g., innovation and artificial intelligence (AI)), it can make improvements in key substantive areas pertaining to great power competition (GPC), such as cultural and language expertise. This paper offers two broad categories of recommendations: namely, practices and information collection and storage procedures. Recommendations include maintaining an entrepreneurial mentality but improving formal communication, facilitating the creation of “short-cuts” among affiliated institutions, tasking personnel to target key resource gaps, immediately establishing contacts with experts in key areas, collecting blue network and resource data, and leveraging information systems for information storage.
dc.description.sponsorshipNaval Special Warfare Command (NAVSPECWARCOM)
dc.description.sponsorshipN7 - Warfighting Development
dc.language.isoen_US
dc.publisherMonterey, California: Naval Postgraduate School
dc.publisherMonterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School.
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.
dc.titleMapping and Analyzing NSW Blue Network to Leverage Insights for a Competitive Worlden_US
dc.typePosteren_US
dc.contributor.corporateNaval Postgraduate School (U.S.)
dc.contributor.corporateNaval Research Program (NRP)
dc.contributor.departmentDefense Analysis
dc.subject.authorNaval Special Warfare Command
dc.subject.authorsocial network analysis (SNA)
dc.subject.authorsocial capital
dc.subject.authorblue networks
dc.subject.authorresource generators
dc.subject.authorexponential random graph models (ERGMs)
dc.subject.authorgreat power competition (GPC)
dc.subject.authorinformal networks
dc.subject.authormultilevel networks
dc.subject.authorsocial processes.
dc.description.funderThis research is supported by funding from the Naval Postgraduate School, Naval Research Program (PE 0605853N/2098). https://nps.edu/nrp
dc.description.funderChief of Naval Operations (CNO)
dc.description.distributionstatementApproved for public release. Distribution is unlimited. 


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