Social Networks and Computational Social Science

International terrorist networks have transformed the problems of homeland defense and international security by the development of novel tactics facilitated by flexible, adaptive cell-based organizational networks. Their use of novel tactics targeting civilians in the U.S. and abroad makes understanding and predicting their capabilities, targets and estimating their available resources especially critical. Defense planners lack sufficient tools for understanding the dynamics of these networks, for exposing their vulnerabilities, and thwarting their activities holistically and effectively.

Defense planners require a comprehensive understanding of these networks in order to create effective strategies to control and contain their activities. However, reliable and sufficient information about these networks is difficult to come by, often containing missing or erroneous data. Models and analysis tools are required for understanding the flows of expertise, funds, information, goods and materials. In addition, models and analytical tools are required to understand the command and control architectures of terrorist organizations and to develop effective strategies for the containment and disruption of terrorist activities.

Program Contact Information

Name: Rebecca Goolsby

Title: Program Manager

Department: Code 34

Division: Human and Bioengineered Systems


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