Quantitative Methods in Defense and National Security 2007

CONNECTING THE DOTS: A Systems Perspective on Threat Analysis, Detection, and Prevention
Michael Round, (Center for autoSocratic Excellence), round@rationalsys.com


The technological era has championed mass data collection as a necessary condition for analysis. For sure, great strides have been made with the backdrop of data as the foundation for a robust decision support strategy. But an interesting dilemma arises. What data do we collect to analyze? How can we be sure the data on hand is not only necessary but additionally sufficient to support reasoned analysis? What constitutes such analysis? How can we be sure?

This poster will examine the investigate techniques of Sherlock Holmes in using data on hand, targeted investigation methods, and the visual organization of results to better operationalize the connecting of dots in investigating past incidence and preventing future security threats.

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