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GMU C4I Center Seminar

Thinking About IED Warfare in a Contested Network

Dan Stimpson

Friday, November 9, 2012 from 1:30 PM

Nguyen Engineering building, Room 4705


While concealed bombs, called Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) are chiefly linked with the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, they remain a worldwide problem. Currently, no formally recognized operations research approach has been presented to aid planners in neutralizing the threat of IED attacks on road networks; that is, current models recommend defensive courses of action to counter various attack patterns. Framing the problem this way does not fully appreciate the interaction between adversaries and overlooks the influence of defensive action on attack behavior. Incorporating the principles of human learning and decision making into these and other models of competition is essential to improving their usefulness.


After retiring from the Marine Corps in 2008, DAN STIMPSON enrolled in GMU's SEOR PhD program and joined the C4I Center. He is currently pursuing dissertation research under the title Optimal Dynamic Resource Allocation in a Contested Network. He is a member of the research faculty having participated in the C4I Center's Joint IED Defeat Organization (JIEDDO) research program. He recently deployed to Afghanistan in support of the 2nd Marine Division as a senior operations research analyst.

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