Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Department of Operational Sciences
Richard F. Deckro, PhD
Prevention of near-term terrorist attacks requires an understanding of current terrorist organizations to include their composition, the actors involved, and how they operate to achieve their objectives. To aid this understanding, operations research, sociological, and behavioral theory relevant to the study of social networks are applied, thereby providing theoretical foundations for new methodologies to analyze non-cooperative organizations, defined as those trying to hide their structure or are unwilling to provide information regarding their operations. Techniques applying information regarding multiple dimensions of interpersonal relationships, inferring from them the strengths of interpersonal ties, are explored. A layered network construct is offered that provides new analytic opportunities and insights generally unaccounted for in traditional social network analyses. These provide decision makers improved courses of action designed to impute influence upon an adversarial network, thereby achieving a desired influence, perception, or outcome to one or more actors within the target network. This knowledge may also be used to identify key individuals, relationships, and organizational practices. Subsequently, such analysis may lead to the identification of exploitable weaknesses to either eliminate the network as a whole, cause it to become operationally ineffective, or influence it to directly or indirectly support National Security Strategy.
DTIC Accession Number
Hamill, Jonathan T., "Analysis of Layered Social Networks" (2006). Theses and Dissertations. 3342.