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by David Ronfeldt,John Arquilla

Free eBook Swarming and the Future of Conflict download ISBN: 0833028855
Author: David Ronfeldt,John Arquilla
Publisher: Rand Corporation (December 19, 2000)
Language: English
Pages: 98
Category: Historical
Subcategory: Military
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Arquilla, John and David Ronfeldt, Swarming and the Future of Conflict, Santa Monica, Calif.

Arquilla, John and David Ronfeldt, Swarming and the Future of Conflict, Santa Monica, Calif. RAND Corporation, DB-311-OSD, 2000. org/pubs/documented briefings/DB311.

Political Science, Stanford University) is a RAND consultant and a professor of foreign policy at the United States Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. DAVID F. RONFELDT (P.

Home Browse Books Book details, Swarming & the Future of Conflict. Swarming is a seemingly amorphous, but deliberately structured, coordinated, strategic way to perform military strikes from all directions

Home Browse Books Book details, Swarming & the Future of Conflict. Swarming & the Future of Conflict. By John Arquilla, David Ronfeldt. Swarming is a seemingly amorphous, but deliberately structured, coordinated, strategic way to perform military strikes from all directions. It employs a sustainable pulsing of force and/or fire that is directed from both close-in and stand-off positions. It will work best-perhaps it will only work-if it is designed mainly around the deployment of myriad, small, dispersed, networked maneuver units.

Swarming and the Future of Conflict. John Arquilla and David Ronfeldt. Theorists and practitioners around the world, allies as well as adversaries, are well into a decade of wondering how the information age may reshape the nature of conflict. It is doing so mainly by improving the power and performance of small units, and by favoring the rise of network forms of organization, doctrine, and strategy, while making life difficult for large, traditional hierarchical forms.

John Arquilla, David F. Ronfeldt. It will work best - perhaps it will only work - if it is designed mainly around the deployment of myriad, small, dispersed, networked maneuver units. Bibliographic information. Networks and Netwars: The Future of Terror, Crime, and Militancy MR (Series).

John Arquilla, David Ronfeldt. Regardless, this book and the course first introduced me to theories about the character of twenty-first century warfare.

Swarming is a seemingly amorphous, but deliberately structured, co-ordinated and strategic way to perform military strikes from all directions. This study examines the benefits - and also the costs and risks - of engaging in a doctrinal change in the military to this method.

Arquilla, John, and David Ronfeldt. Swarming and the Future of Conflict. New York: Zone Books. Department of Defence. Unmanned Systems Integrated Roadmap: FY2013–2038. Santa Monica: RAND Corporation. Becker, Jo and Scott Shane. Edwards, Paul N. 1996. The Closed World: Computers and the Politics of Discourse in Cold War America. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. Eisenhower, Dwight D. 1961.

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Swarming is a seemingly amorphous, but deliberately structured, coordinated, strategic way to perform military strikes from all directions. It employs a sustainable pulsing of force and/or fire that is directed from both close-in and stand-off positions. It will work best—perhaps it will only work—if it is designed mainly around the deployment of myriad, small, dispersed, networked maneuver units. This calls for an organizational redesign—involving the creation of platoon-like pods joined in company-like clusters—that would keep but retool the most basic military unit structures. It is similar to the corporate redesign principle of flattening, which often removes or redesigns middle layers of management. This has proven successful in the ongoing revolution in business affairs and may prove equally useful in the military realm.
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Hucama
First off, it should be stated that this is by no means a full book. Rather, it is more of a fleshed out briefing paper. That said, the authors have done a superb job of positing a new theory of combat and have gone to some lengths to establish it in the context of military history, and to consider some of the potential strengths and weaknesses of this nascent doctrine.
Swarming, or "BattleSwarm", as the authors refer to it, might be considered the logical endgame of maneuver warfare theory: small, highly mobile, highly lethal, and most importantly, largely autonomous units that converge on a point (either with force or fire) from all directions, and then disperse until called upon again. This mode of attack has the advantage of maximizing the application of fire when needed, while minimizing the exposure of friendly units to PGM's and massed enemy formations when not. To a degree, this is what we have seen American forces do in Afghanistan, but that was a result of ad hoc planning born of necessity. What the authors propose here, however, is a complete rethinking of the military (primarily the Army) to effectively engage in this new kind of fighting.
As one might expect, of paramount importance to the success of BattleSwarm is the development of networking technologies that can allow widely dispersed units to communicate with each other and command elements in an effective fashion. Moreover, the authors point out the need for a new command doctrine that will limit micromanaging of the battlespace, on the one hand, and insufficient coordination of assets on the other.
Ultimately, this study is just a first step, albeit a critical one. I fully expect that the authors will flesh this work out into a full-fledged book that will seek to overcome some of the difficulties they have outlined. In the meantime, this briefing provides a valuable framework within which to evaluate our successes and failures in Afghanistan (it should be noted, this was published prior to 9/11). It seems that military, out of necessity, is moving in the direction that has been outlined here, and as a result, understanding swarming and its application will be critical for anyone interested in the shape of our armed forces in the years to come.
Fearlessrunner
worthwhile if you are an analyst or have an interest in strategy. the 'lone wolf' radical will be the new terrorist who can keep the U.S. government on it's toes. if he's ever able to organize simultaneous hits with the same effect of a 'one man plan' there's real potential for a very few people to do some real damage.
Binar
The Authors are very thoughtful people: great ideas on future conflicts
Dddasuk
An interesting start into a functional aspect of evolving information-based warfare. Going beyond just having "information dominance," this work explores the application of such knowledge with an explication of "BattleSwarm" doctrine. Returning to the controlled chaos of Mongol hoards, this study sees our capacities for information for integrated attack from all sides and from all dimensions. With a broad, historical outline that helps one's imagination, this study is a good start at the pros and cons this doctrine for the future.