Accession Number : ADA319367

Title :   Using Expert Systems to Conduct Vulnerability Assessments.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA

Personal Author(s) : Lankhorst, Debra A.

PDF Url : ADA319367

Report Date : SEP 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 111

Abstract : An Information Warrior faces a complex and dynamic operating environment. To conduct an accurate Vulnerability Assessment and Risk Analysis of the enemy force (or a friendly force), a multitude of cause and effect relationships must be examined. Many times the person at the battle scene conducting the assessment may lack experience and/or knowledge, precluding a time-sensitive and effective assessment The author proposes a framework for a global network of expert systems and decision support systems to conduct the Vulnerability Assessments and maintain Information Warfare readiness through realistic training. The author also presents a Vulnerability Assessment and Risk Analysis heuristic with the objective of expanding the knowledge base and decision speed at the on-scene commander level. In achieving and implementing this global network, numerous benefits can be realized, including increased speed and efficiency in the receipt of intelligence information, thereby allowing for improved decision making capabilities. Since the technology and know-bow are already available, this vision of the global network is attainable and can be successfully implemented and operated.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY INTELLIGENCE, *VULNERABILITY, *EXPERT SYSTEMS, *ENEMY, TEST AND EVALUATION, SOFTWARE ENGINEERING, RISK, DECISION MAKING, MILITARY FORCES(FOREIGN), OPERATIONAL READINESS, DAMAGE ASSESSMENT, ACCURACY, THESES, COMMUNICATIONS NETWORKS, HEURISTIC METHODS, KNOWLEDGE BASED SYSTEMS, BATTLES, DECISION SUPPORT SYSTEMS, GLOBAL COMMUNICATIONS.

Subject Categories : Computer Programming and Software
      Military Intelligence

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE