The Resource Swarming on the battlefield : past, present, and future, Sean J.A. Edwards

Swarming on the battlefield : past, present, and future, Sean J.A. Edwards

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Swarming on the battlefield : past, present, and future
Title
Swarming on the battlefield
Title remainder
past, present, and future
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Sean J.A. Edwards
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eng
Summary
The military application of emerging technologies for communications and information processing is likely to change the way military force is managed and applied. Oftentimes, a dramatic improvement in technology brings about an equally dramatic change in military doctrine and organization. One possibility is a doctrine based on swarming, whereby military units organized as networks use dispersed yet integrated operations. Swarming has occurred throughout military history, and the lessons of this past experience may offer insights into a possible future application of swarming. This monograph analyzes ten swarming cases, from Scythian horse archers against a Macedonian phalanx supported by light cavalry, 329-327 B.C., to Somalis surrounding U.S. commandos in a peacekeeping operation in 1993, and applies the conclusions to a discussion of future swarming. History suggests that elusiveness, standoff firepower, and situational awareness are essential to the success of swarming armies. However, because swarming doctrine requires radical force-structure changes, this study recommends that a portion of the U.S. light or medium force adopt swarming as an operational concept, if swarming proves to be feasible during field experiments. This work should be of interest to U.S. policymakers, commanders, planners, and others who desire an understanding of swarming and its potential for future wars
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1964-
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Edwards, Sean J. A.
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
no index present
LC call number
U163
LC item number
.E38 2000
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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  • Swarming (Military science)
  • Swarming (Military science)
  • Swarming (Military science)
  • Military art
  • Military history
  • Military strategy
  • Military tactics
  • Maneuvers
  • Command control communications
  • Military doctrine
  • Military applications
  • Swarming (Military science)
  • Militärtechnik
  • Operation (Militär)
  • Geschichte
  • Prognose
  • USA
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Swarming on the battlefield : past, present, and future, Sean J.A. Edwards
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Publication
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"Prepared for the Office of the Secretary of Defense."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 89-93)
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Pre-Modern Swarming: Horse-Archer Cases
  • Central Asian Operations of Alexander (329-327 B.C.)
  • Parthians Versus Romans at the Battle of Carrhae (53 B.C.)
  • The Byzantines and the Battle of Manzikert (1071)
  • The First Crusade and the Battle of Dorylaeum (1097)
  • The Ultimate Swarmers: The Mongols and Their Invasion of Europe (1237-1241)
  • Indian Swarming on the North American Frontier: St. Clair's Defeat (1791)
  • Ulm: A Case of Operational-Level Swarming?
  • Guerrilla Operations and Swarming: Majuba Hill (1881)
  • Naval Swarming and the Battle of the Atlantic
  • Some Definitions
  • Swarming in Peace Operations: Battle of the Black Sea (1993)
  • Historical Conclusions
  • Toward A Swarming Doctrine?
  • Tactics
  • Logistics
  • Command and Organization
  • Technology
  • Limitations to Swarming
  • Scenarios Conducive to Swarming
  • Rapid Force Projection
  • Organization of This Monograph
  • WMD Environments and Dispersed Operations
  • Counterinsurgency Operations
  • Peacekeeping and Peacemaking Operations
  • Methodology for Historical Analysis
  • Research Questions
  • Historical Pattern-Matching
  • Doctrine
  • Selection of Swarming Examples
  • Historical Cases
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xxiv, 93
Isbn
9780833027795
Lccn
99051996
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)42682646
  • (OCoLC)ocm42682646
Label
Swarming on the battlefield : past, present, and future, Sean J.A. Edwards
Publication
Note
"Prepared for the Office of the Secretary of Defense."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 89-93)
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Pre-Modern Swarming: Horse-Archer Cases
  • Central Asian Operations of Alexander (329-327 B.C.)
  • Parthians Versus Romans at the Battle of Carrhae (53 B.C.)
  • The Byzantines and the Battle of Manzikert (1071)
  • The First Crusade and the Battle of Dorylaeum (1097)
  • The Ultimate Swarmers: The Mongols and Their Invasion of Europe (1237-1241)
  • Indian Swarming on the North American Frontier: St. Clair's Defeat (1791)
  • Ulm: A Case of Operational-Level Swarming?
  • Guerrilla Operations and Swarming: Majuba Hill (1881)
  • Naval Swarming and the Battle of the Atlantic
  • Some Definitions
  • Swarming in Peace Operations: Battle of the Black Sea (1993)
  • Historical Conclusions
  • Toward A Swarming Doctrine?
  • Tactics
  • Logistics
  • Command and Organization
  • Technology
  • Limitations to Swarming
  • Scenarios Conducive to Swarming
  • Rapid Force Projection
  • Organization of This Monograph
  • WMD Environments and Dispersed Operations
  • Counterinsurgency Operations
  • Peacekeeping and Peacemaking Operations
  • Methodology for Historical Analysis
  • Research Questions
  • Historical Pattern-Matching
  • Doctrine
  • Selection of Swarming Examples
  • Historical Cases
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xxiv, 93
Isbn
9780833027795
Lccn
99051996
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)42682646
  • (OCoLC)ocm42682646

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