Friday, March 09, 2007

Breaking networks

A networked org structure has a lot of advantages for terrorists and insurgency groups. How do you fight it?
And what have they learned since network studies got serious in the wake of 9/11? That there are three major vulnerabilities in networks:
1) Density nodes: people with many immediate connections, e.g. leaders
2) Centrality nodes: people with fewer immediate connections but who serve as crossroads in many relationships, e.g. financiers
3) Boundary spanners: people with few (maybe just two) connections but who span long gaps between chunks of the network, e.g. liaisons or messengers

WIRED Blogs: Danger Room

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