Thursday, January 13, 2005

Real-time Lessons from Iraq in Creative Networking

One of the regular readers of this Blog, a 1972 graduate of the Naval Academy, responded to yesterday's "Six Degrees" posting with the following comments:

I read your Six Degrees blog just after reading the article below. It is about the adaptive requirements and the networks that have sprung up in the Army to deal with Iraq. I was struck by how close the examples from the Army fit the concepts you drew from the book.

It’s a long article and you have to get into it a ways before he talks about how informal networks evolved within the Army and then challenged the official “networks” for value.

Given your knowledge of the military, I think you’ll find it of interest.

Best Regards,

I read the New Yorker article last evening and found it to be a compelling story of how the theories that Dr. Watts discusses in his book are being played out on an hourly basis in the Middle East with life and death consequences. I think you will find reading this article worth your time.

The New Yorker: Fact

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