DIMACS Working Group Meeting on Policy Driven Decision Making and Dynamic Interoperability
December 8, 2000
DIMACS Center, Rutgers University, Piscataway, NJ
Presented under the auspices of the
Special Year on Next Generation Networks Technologies and Applications.
- Tom Buckman, MITRE Corporation, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Joan Feigenbaum, Yale University, email@example.com
- Fred Roberts, Rutgers University, firstname.lastname@example.org
Co-sponsored by DIMACS, the Office of Naval Research and the National Science Foundation.
Modern military operations emphasize a need to be able to rapidly assemble
multiservice, multination, coalitions. The modern, high speed, high tech
information based economy has put a premium on the ability of companies to
partner rapidly in joint ventures. This has led to a requirement for
services and nations or corporations to quickly interface operational
processes and federate supporting communication and information systems, in
order to meet mission objectives. This calls for a new approach to
achieving interoperability, one that emphasizes the ability of operational
units and their supporting information systems to adapt to unanticipated
changes in operational requirements that occur during the execution of a
mission or that occur in the context of new joint ventures.
In order to respond to unanticipated changes in requirements, it will be
necessary to rapidly translate policy decisions generated by mission
commanders, senior executives, system operators, security authorities and
others into coherent sets of commands or protocols that can be used
directly by supporting information systems to reconfigure themselves to
satisfy these policy requirements.
The objective of this initial working group meeting is to explore previous work done by
theoretical computer scientists in the area of policy driven decision-making
and its potential application to solving problems associated with enabling
dynamic interoperability. It is thought that previous work done in this
area related to scenarios, in which mutually distrustful (or partially
distrustful) parties wish to perform a security-critical joint action, may
The working group meeting will conclude with a roundtable discussion on ideas presented
during the course of the day. The discussion will focus on identifying
areas for further research which could serve as a focal point for a
follow-on workshop and working group meeting to be held within the following twelve months.
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