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Political, Military, Economic, Social, Infrastructure, Information (PMESII) Effects Forecasting For Course of Action (COA) Evaluation

by Lowrance, J.D. and Murdock, J.L.

Technical Report
Institution: Air Force Research Laboratory
Address: 525 Brooks Rd, Rome, NY 13441
June 2009.

Note: See report number AFRL-RI-RS-TR-2009-160 available at http://www.dtic.mil/docs/citations/ADA501499

Abstract

Comprehensive effects-based planning requires that diplomatic, information, military, and economic (DIME) options be considered, along with their potential impacts on the political, military, economic, social, infrastructure, and information (PMESII) environment. Given that the cause-effect relationships among these are not well understood, modeling these relationships and using them to forecast plausible outcomes is a challenging technical problem. This effort developed a Probative Rapid Interactive Modeling Environment (PRIME) software tool for effects forecasting to support analysts and strategy planners in allowing them to directly explore the full range of consequences associated with candidate courses of action (COAs). The full chain of reasoning, from actions taken, to intended and unintended effects, is explained through narratives, grounded in explanations of modeled cause-effect relationships. The models themselves are directly accessible and modifiable by those engaged in the strategy planning.

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PRIME

PRIME: A Predictive Model Development Environment

The goal was to develop PRIME, an effects-based modelling tool, as a web application. PRIME supports rapid, collaborative development of forecasts of the effects of a planned set of DIME (diplomatic, informational, military, or economic) actions.

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Name Title E-mail
Lowrance, John D Program Director Emeritus
Murdock, Janet Senior Computer Scientist

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