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An overview of an analytical approach to the modeling and evaluation of information processing and decisionmaking organizations is presented. The mathematical framework used in modeling the individual decisionmakers as well as the organization is that of n-dimensional information theory. The data flow formalism is used to model in a precise manner the(More)
This paper describes a methodology for converting an influence net to a dynamic executable model, implemented using the colored Petri net (CPN) formalism and tools, so that it can be used to assess the impact of a set of controllable events or actions on outcomes of interest ; specifically, assess the impact of various sequences and timing of those(More)
One of the many complexities of multinational coalition operations stems from differences in culture, military procedures, and command and control processes between the cooperating command centers. These differences can effect the interactions between decision makers of different command centers and can affect the outcome of the coalition operation. A model(More)
The United States Department of Defense (DoD) has mandated the development of Command, Control, Communications Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) Architectures to support the acquisition of systems that are interoperable and will meet the needs of military coalitions. This paper provides a general description of an(More)
A methodolggy for ttre validation and verification (V&V) of decision making rules is proposed. The methodology addresses the general problem of deiecting problematic cases in a set of rules. The rules are expressed as statements in formal logic. The definition of decision rules in formal logic makes the problem general in tems of application domains, and(More)
Since 1992 the nature of military operations has changed. The type of objectives that the military has to address has expanded well beyond those of traditional major combat operations. As military operations become other than conventional war - whether against transnational terrorist threats or conducting stabilization operations - the need to broaden the(More)
The paper presents a heuristic approach for the problem of finding the best or close-to-best sets of actions in uncertain situations modeled by influence nets. The approach enhances the analysis capability of influence nets by allowing the user to observe the combined impact of actions on the desired effect in contrast to the sensitivity analysis that(More)
This paper enhances the Timed Influence Nets (TIN) based formalism to model uncertainty in dynamic situations. The enhancements enable a system modeler to specify persistence and time-varying influences in a dynamic situation that the existing TIN fails to capture. The new class of models is named Dynamic Influence Nets (DIN). Both TIN and DIN provide an(More)