You are a SPECIAL Librarian! You are a Military Librarian!

Categorized | Current Events, Web/Tech

“It Takes a Network”: The Rise and Fall of Social Network Analysis in U.S. Army Counterinsurgency Doctrine

“It Takes a Network”: The Rise and Fall of Social Network Analysis in U.S. Army Counterinsurgency Doctrine (PDF)
Source: Connections (International Network for Social Network Analysis)

During the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars, a group of warrior-thinkers developed a new U.S. Army counterinsurgency (COIN) doctrine to fight modern “jihadist” insurgencies. Drawing heavily on social network analysis ideas, COIN principles emphasized population protection and organizational learning and adaptation. As implemented in Iraq by General David Petraeus, the doctrine greatly reduced intercommunal violence although other factors also contributed. But, COIN in Afghanistan under General Stanley McChrystal was unsuccessful in ending the Taliban insurgency. Although the Obama Administration substantially diminished the U.S. Army’s counterinsurgency capabilities, social network analytic ideas persist in military policy and practices.

Comments are closed.

MLD on Facebook

DMIL Member Interview With P. J. Neal

1. How did you get involved in military librarianship,..

2 likes1 day ago

MERLN (Military Education Research Library Network)

0 likes1 day ago

Should there be a Facebook Group for Military Libraries..

0 likes1 day ago

The DoD of Tomorrow – GovLoop

The DoD of Tomorrow: Download Now Hannah Moss May 29,..

0 likes1 day ago

Blog Archives