A System for Linking, Indexing, and Validating IO COAs (LIVIO)

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Amount:
$749,860.00
Award Year:
2009
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
W31P4Q-09-C-0378
Award Id:
81296
Agency Tracking Number:
07SB2-0480
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
625 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA, 02138
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
115243701
Principal Investigator:
Jonathan Pfautz
Principal Scientist
(617) 491-3474
jpfautz@cra.com
Business Contact:
Gail Zaslow
Contracts Specialist
(617) 491-3474
gzaslow@cra.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
Current military operations are increasingly dependent on Information Operations (IO), which demand an in-depth understanding of the impact of an IO course of action (COA) on targets in the Area of Operations (AO). Currently, IO COA planning follows the process of traditional kinetic COA generation, evaluation, and selection, but without a means to effectively evaluate alternative COAs because of a lack of deep understanding of both intended and unintended targets. To address this deficit, we propose to design, develop, and evaluate a system for Linking, Indexing, and Validating IO COAs (LIVIO). This effort consists of four key components. First, we will extend our Phase I Work Domain Analysis to better understand the IO planning process and how analytic support based on human behavior models could improve COA generation, evaluation, and selection. Second, we will develop a taxonomy for characterizing models from the perspective of the tactical user, and use that taxonomy to design tactically focused, adaptable "modeling objects." Third, we will develop a system that uses the taxonomy and modeling objects to allow IO planners to rapidly generate, evaluate, and select IO COAs. Finally, we will evaluate the system and its components to guide future development and transition.

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