The Role of Network Science in Analyzing Slums in Rapidly Growing Urban Areas

Amy Krakowka Richmond, Chris Arney, Kathryn Coronges, Matthew Simonson
Small Wars
August 13, 2016


In the coming decades the United States military will find itself operating in increasingly complex environments.  New concepts of operations and new language in military doctrine are needed to address the complexities of these tactical, operational, and strategic environments. In particular, the complexities of urban and peri-urban—areas located in the “urban-fringe”—regions require new tools and concepts to develop more effective operations and supporting doctrine. Rapidly evolving social, economic, and physical structures throughout the world suggest that future operations will involve complex systems, unexpected scenarios, and nonlinear processes.  As a basis for military decision-making, these systems have been described as having four components: volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity (VUCA) (Kail 2010). VUCA features help explain political, social, informational, organizational, and physical infrastructure networks within complex environments.

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