Modeling behavioral activities related to IED perpetration

Lora G. Weiss, Elizabeth Whitaker, Erica Briscoe, Ethan Trewhitt

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Abstract

This paper presents a computational approach to modeling the behavioral aspects of IED perpetration that enables the exploration of those behaviors by an analyst or planner. The modeling framework presented supports the identification of potential interdiction points in the events leading to an IED detonation with a focus on insurgent recruitment and on the motivation to construct, emplace, and detonate IEDs. In many cases, individuals become terrorists or supporters of terrorism through a slow and gradual process wherein established terrorists use targeted approaches to convert individuals into terrorists through phases. Because of this phased approach, a strategic means of quelling terrorism involves understanding the process and exploiting insights to disrupt the IED process at an early stage. Knowledge engineering is used to extract and capture domain knowledge which is then represented in a system dynamics model to support the exploration and identification of behaviors associated with adversarial activities. Interchangeable submodels are used to capture subtleties or differing opinions and to allow for the analysis of expected results of alternative decisions or courses of action.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication19th Annual Conference on Behavior Representation in Modeling and Simulation 2010, BRiMS 2010
Pages35-42
Number of pages8
StatePublished - Dec 1 2010
Event19th Annual Conference on Behavior Representation in Modeling and Simulation 2010, BRiMS 2010 - Charleston, SC, United States
Duration: Mar 22 2010Mar 25 2010

Publication series

Name19th Annual Conference on Behavior Representation in Modeling and Simulation 2010, BRiMS 2010

Other

Other19th Annual Conference on Behavior Representation in Modeling and Simulation 2010, BRiMS 2010
CountryUnited States
CityCharleston, SC
Period3/22/103/25/10

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Modeling and Simulation

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