The information revolution is leading to the rise of network forms of organization in which small, previously isolated groups can communicate, link up, and conduct coordinated joint actions as never before. This in turn is leading to a new mode of conflict--netwar--in which the protagonists depend on using network forms of organization, doctrine, strategy, and technology. Many actors across the spectrum of conflict--from terrorists, guerrillas, and criminals who pose security threats, to social activists who may not--are developing netwar designs and capabilities. The Zapatista movement in Mex
Cover; Preface; Contents; Figures; Tables; Summary; Acknowledgments; Chapter One - An Insurgency Becomes a Social Netwar; Chapter Two - The Advent of Netwar: Analytic Background; Definition of Netwar; Networks Versus Hierarchies: Challenges for Counter netwar; Varieties of Netwar; Mexico - Scene of Multiple Netwars; Chapter Three Emergence of the Zapatista Netwar; Three Layers to the Zapatista Movement; The Indigenas: Growing Desperation and Politicization; The EZLN: Mixture of Vertical and Horizontal Designs; Activist NGOs: Global, Regional, and Local Networks; On the Eve of War Chapter Four - Mobilization for Conflict The EZLN in Combat - a ""War of the FLea""; Transnational NGO Mobilization - a ""War of the Swarm""; Chapter Five - Transformation of the Conflict; Zapatista Emphasis on ""Information Operations""; Attenuation and Restructuring of Combat Operations; Government Efforts at Counternetwar; Chapter Six - The Netwar Simmers-and Diffuses; Situational Standoff; From the EZLN to the EPR-Diffusion in Mexico; The Zapatista Netwar Goes Global; Assessments of the EZNL/Zapatista Movement; Actors to Watch: the Military and the NGOs Basic Implication for U.S. Military Policy: ""Guarded Openness""Chapter Seven - Beyond Mexico; Toward a Demography of Social Netwar; Evolution of Organization, Doctrine, and Strategy; Favorable Conditions for Social Netwar; Challenges to Authoritarian Systems; Implications for the U.S. Army and Military Strategy; Concluding Comment; Appendix A - Chronology of the Zapatista Social Netwar (1994 - 1996); Appendix B - Rethinking Mexico's Stability and Transformability; Bibliography
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