How JSOC Harnessed Networks To Take on Terrorists

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Media Outlet: Defense One

JSOC’s shift to operate as a distributed network required a host of process changes and at least two cultural shifts. First, we created “shared consciousness.” Beginning with the Counterterrorism Task Force as our hub, we expanded our network ties to conventional military units and beyond, creating deep relationships with the broader interagency team: State Department, intelligence, every key organization. This allowed us build inclusive, global communications that moved faster than the threats we faced. The heartbeat of our organization, this shared consciousness enabled thousands of people around the world to see and understand the problem in lock-step and near-real-time.

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Christopher L. Fussell is a senior fellow with the International Security Program at New America. He spent 15 years as an officer in the Navy SEAL Teams, and is now a principal at the McChrystal Group.