Swarming on the Battlefield

Past, Present, and Future

by Sean J. A. Edwards


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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

  • Figures

  • Tables

  • Summary

  • Acknowledgements


  • Abbreviations

    Abbreviations and Acronyms

  • Errata

  • Chapter One


  • Chapter Two

    Methodology for Historical Analysis

  • Chapter Three

    Historical Cases

  • Chapter Four

    Historical Conclusions

  • Chapter Five

    Toward a Swarming Doctrine?

  • Chapter Six


  • References

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