Applications: Group Formation and Fragmentation
The conceptualization of an agent-based, simulation framework that allows the use and testing of various social and behavioral science approaches for understanding the motivation and intent associated with terrorist activities. The framework design provides a LEGO-style toolbox that can convert sophisticated SME theses on individual and social behavior into computationally tractable, mathematical representations. Through parameterization, the reconfigurable framework can then simulate the dynamics of any particular group or interacting collection of terrorist groups.
- Goal /Aspiration for Project
- Identify and understand self organized extremist group formation, activation, dissipation. Initialize network representative of community of interest.
- Step 1: Opinion dynamics: tolerance, growing together, antagonism
- Step 2: Implementation of states with different behaviors (active, passive)
- Status, Accomplishments and Next Steps
- Application: Initialization of network to be representative of community of interest
- CASoS Goals: General Capabilities
- Condition-dependant, adaptive behavior models; confidence building for these models
- This work was funded by the Department of Homeland Security Motivation & Intent Thrust Area
An Agent-Based Model Component to a Framework for the Analysis of Terrorist-Group Dynamics, George A. Backus and Robert J. Glass, February 2006 (2006-0860P)
Growth and Defection in Hierarchical, Synergistic Networks, Mark A. Ehlen and Robert J. Glass, Sandia National Laboratories report, September 2003