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Modelling military information operations with multi-agent complex adaptive system techniques
Author(s): C. J. Willers
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Paper Abstract

The behaviour of a complex adaptive system (CAS) cannot be predicted from the behaviour of its constituent components. Individual components of the system interacts with each other such that the behaviour at the aggregate level is not predictable from knowledge about the components. Software agents based on the 'Belief-Desire-Intention' (BDI) paradigm are used to model the various roles and actors in a military complex adaptive system. Each agent can sense some aspects of its environment, interprets its sensory perceptions, and reacts in a manner consistent with its intended task or goal. The design of the system entails setting down the internal rules for each agent, as well as the rules of interaction between the agents. During the simulation run, the agents are allowed to interact according to their programmed rule sets, and the emergent behaviour of the system as a whole is observed. The application of complex adaptive system theory is used to model the interaction between elements of a military command and control system and information operations/warfare core areas. The purpose with the investigation is to investigate the optimal integration of activities between the various information operations core areas.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 May 2006
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 6228, Modeling and Simulation for Military Applications, 622812 (22 May 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.665409
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C. J. Willers, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (South Africa)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6228:
Modeling and Simulation for Military Applications
Kevin Schum; Alex F. Sisti, Editor(s)

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