Counter IED Warfare Advances Through 'Social Network Analysis'

Posted: 07/13/2011
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Defence IQ had the opportunity to gain some unique insight on Counter-IED tactics at this year's 5th Annual Counter-IEDs conference in London. US Navy postgraduate researcher Deak Childress shed some light on recent US military efforts to conduct 'social network analysis'. As he describes it, this is the system used to build an operational picture of an insurgent network and within it, individuals or organisations may be identified as the nodes, which further clarifies the relationships between them. They analysis may then be used to identify central nodes, organisations or actors - essentially, how that network is arranged and operates. Watch to find out what he thinks the US military is doing right - and where they are falling down - when it comes to countering IEDs.

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