The military is currently attempting to develop itself into a force capable of networkcentric operations. While this effort has highlighted the military’s dependence on interacting networks, it has also shown that there is a huge gap between what we need to know about networks and our fundamental knowledge about network behavior. This gap makes the military vision of NCO problematic. To help address this problem, the Army asked the NRC to find out whether identifying and funding a new field of “network science” could help close this gap. This report presents an examination of networks andthe military, an analysis of the promise, content, and challenges of network science, and an assessment of approaches to creating value from network science.
Table of Contents
|2 Networks and Network Research in the 21st Century||11-18|
|3 Networks and the Military||19-25|
|4 The Definition and Promise of Network Science||26-29|
|5 The Content of Network Science||30-32|
|6 Status and Challenges of Network Science||33-38|
|7 Creating Value from Network Science: Scope of the Opportunity||39-45|
|8 Conclusions and Recommendations||46-52|
|Appendix A Biographical Sketches of Committee Members||53-57|
|Appendix B Committee Meetings and Other Activities||58-59|
|Appendix C Content of Network Science Courses||60-64|
|Appendix D Questionnaire Data||65-92|
|Appendix E Opportunities for Creating Value from Network Science||93-106|
|Appendix F Recommended Reading List||107-108|
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