April 06, 2008

Recommended Movie: American Gangster

War among the people shares much in common with the everyday fight of police officers against gangs and narcotics.

For those who wish a good, brief view of Social Network Analysis (Appendix B: FM 3-24), I highly recommend American Gangster as a good way to appreciate how to use the tool.

Sit down with key personnel from your platoon, company, or battalion and walk through the movie, diagramming, as does the main protagonist, the overlapping gang and family networks as well as the infiltration into the police department. You see by the end of the movie just how important understanding those networks is and the unparalleled value of human intelligence.