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Chaoplexic Warfare: Network-Centric Warfare and the Non-Linear Sciences

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This paper will provide a critical appraisal of the influence of the scientific ideas of chaos and complexity theory on contemporary military thought, in particular through a treatment of the current official Pentagon doctrine of Network-Centric Warfare (NCW). STS scholars Paul Edwards and Chris Hables Gray have previously produced illuminating accounts of the impact of cybernetics on the U.S. military during the Cold War and beyond. This paper proposes to complement and extend this work by taking into account the more recent outgrowth and transformation of the original cybernetic paradigm into the non-linear sciences of chaos and complexity (taken here together as ‘chaoplexity’) with their emphasis on decentralised networks, emergence, positive feedback and run-away processes of change.

Starting with the early insights of military strategist John Boyd in the early eighties, chaoplexic ideas have increasingly permeated the mainstream of military thought in the United States. Drawing on the doctrinal literature of Network-Centric Warfare, this paper will draw out the explicit and implicit chaoplexic influences behind the military concepts of swarming and self-synchronisation. However it will also find that, although references to chaoplexity are numerous within the NCW literature, there are nonetheless significant discrepancies between doctrinal pronouncements and the scientific theories it draws inspiration from. There thus remains considerable doubt about the extent to which NCW truly represents a break with the limitations of previous rigid centralised cybernetic frameworks, the failings of which have been well documented by the aforementioned scholars.

Nevertheless, this paper concludes that the development of the non-linear sciences in the last few decades is being accompanied by a transformation in the theories and practices of warfare (as was previously observed with the rise of cybernetics) and NCW, however imperfectly, can be seen as one of the heralds of the emergence of a new scientific mode of war: chaoplexic warfare.
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Bousquet, Antoine. "Chaoplexic Warfare: Network-Centric Warfare and the Non-Linear Sciences" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 4S Annual Meeting - Abstract and Session Submissions, Hyatt Regency Crystal City, Crystal City, VA, <Not Available>. 2014-11-28 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p373981_index.html>

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Bousquet, A. "Chaoplexic Warfare: Network-Centric Warfare and the Non-Linear Sciences" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 4S Annual Meeting - Abstract and Session Submissions, Hyatt Regency Crystal City, Crystal City, VA <Not Available>. 2014-11-28 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p373981_index.html

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Abstract: This paper will provide a critical appraisal of the influence of the scientific ideas of chaos and complexity theory on contemporary military thought, in particular through a treatment of the current official Pentagon doctrine of Network-Centric Warfare (NCW). STS scholars Paul Edwards and Chris Hables Gray have previously produced illuminating accounts of the impact of cybernetics on the U.S. military during the Cold War and beyond. This paper proposes to complement and extend this work by taking into account the more recent outgrowth and transformation of the original cybernetic paradigm into the non-linear sciences of chaos and complexity (taken here together as ‘chaoplexity’) with their emphasis on decentralised networks, emergence, positive feedback and run-away processes of change.

Starting with the early insights of military strategist John Boyd in the early eighties, chaoplexic ideas have increasingly permeated the mainstream of military thought in the United States. Drawing on the doctrinal literature of Network-Centric Warfare, this paper will draw out the explicit and implicit chaoplexic influences behind the military concepts of swarming and self-synchronisation. However it will also find that, although references to chaoplexity are numerous within the NCW literature, there are nonetheless significant discrepancies between doctrinal pronouncements and the scientific theories it draws inspiration from. There thus remains considerable doubt about the extent to which NCW truly represents a break with the limitations of previous rigid centralised cybernetic frameworks, the failings of which have been well documented by the aforementioned scholars.

Nevertheless, this paper concludes that the development of the non-linear sciences in the last few decades is being accompanied by a transformation in the theories and practices of warfare (as was previously observed with the rise of cybernetics) and NCW, however imperfectly, can be seen as one of the heralds of the emergence of a new scientific mode of war: chaoplexic warfare.


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