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Swarming has occurred throughout military history, and the lessons of this past experience may offer insights into a possible future application of swarming. This monograph analyzes ten swarming cases. The conclusions of this historical analysis are then applied to a discussion of future swarming.

Table of Contents

  • Preface PDF

  • Figures PDF

  • Tables PDF

  • Summary PDF

  • Acknowledgements

    Acknowledgments PDF

  • Abbreviations

    Abbreviations and Acronyms PDF

  • Errata PDF

  • Chapter One

    Introduction PDF

  • Chapter Two

    Methodology for Historical Analysis PDF

  • Chapter Three

    Historical Cases PDF

  • Chapter Four

    Historical Conclusions PDF

  • Chapter Five

    Toward a Swarming Doctrine? PDF

  • Chapter Six

    Conclusion PDF

  • References PDF

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