Mitigate IED threat by Leveraging an Effect-based Approach

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8750-08-C-0160
Agency Tracking Number: F081-027-0219
Amount: $99,997.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: AF081-027
Solicitation Number: 2008.1
Small Business Information
SECURBORATION, INC.
1050 W NASA Blvd, Suite 154, Melbourne, FL, 32901
DUNS: 038379579
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Bruce McQueary
 Vice President
 (321) 591-7371
 bmcqueary@securboration.com
Business Contact
 Lynn Lehman
Title: Vice President
Phone: (919) 244-3946
Email: llehman@securboration.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Improvised Explosive Devices or IEDs have proven to be the insurgency’s most effective method to date in Iraq and Afghanistan for countering the military superiority of coalition forces. Their consequences are devastating to coalition troops and their use derails Combatant Commanders from establishing security, stability, and paving the way to meet U.S objectives. DoD has spent billions of dollars looking at ‘hardware’ solutions to the IED problem, but the positive results have been short lived. Clearly, to succeed against IEDs in present and future conflicts requires more than a pure military ‘hardware’ solution. The key is to understand the root cause and effect relationships motivating and enabling terrorist activities. To this end, Securboration is teaming with Dr. Eugene Santos from Dartmouth College to develop the Effects-Based Approach to Neutralizing IEDs, or EBANI. The concept is an effects-based computational model that incorporates cultural, motivational, historical, political and economic root causes throughout assessment, what-if analysis, and prediction of terrorist activity. While EBANI focuses on the IED threat, IEDs are basically a tool terrorists are using in an attempt to achieve their goals. The effects-based techniques in EBANI are also applicable to countering the terrorist’s next, currently unforeseen weapon.

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