The World, together with all of its countries, is facing significant challenges to its national security across a diverse set of threats. On one end of the spectrum are various non-state actors with different motivations. These groups enjoy low barriers of entry to launch either kinetic or non-kinetic attacks. On the other end of the spectrum is the resurgence of great power competition, which is causing fundamental divergences in the rules-based international order.
The rapid cycle of move and counter-move necessitates a collaborative, coordinated multi-discipline approach to address the threats. Fortunately, analytic techniques can bridge domains to provide insight across a broad range of operational problems. For example, techniques to gain data-driven insights into prepositioning forest fire equipment are similar to those used for prepositioning warfighting equipment aboard ships. The organizational structures for gangs, trans-national drug cartels, and terrorist groups all have similar properties. If you understand these properties, then you can more effectively disrupt or defeat the group. Additionally, an environment of cooperation will mitigate manpower and monetary resource challenges that government and non-governmental organizations often face.
Join us for the inaugural INFORMS Conference on Security (IConS), to be held in Monterey, CA from February 9-11, 2020. IConS will bring together leading analytics professionals, decision-makers in national defense and security, and first responders to share tools, techniques, and best practices to address the broad spectrum of challenges to U.S. national security.
Mr. Harrison Schramm, CAP, PStat
Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA)
Harrison has previously served as a member of the Analytics organizing committee and Chaired the Analytics Cluster for the Annual Meeting. As such, he has a sense of how INFORMS meetings are structured and the relationships between the Chair, committee, and professional staff. Outside INFORMS, he has chaired or co-chaired 4 professional meetings, including the first two MORS Emerging Techniques Forums, which are very similar in goal (but on a smaller scale) than this proposed meeting. Harrison is currently putting together (with Paul) an INFORMS Editor’s Cut volume on Military Applications, to be published Winter, 2018. Read More