Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item:
Title: Proposal for funding the Vulnerability Assessment Software Toolkit (VAST) : under the ERDC Geospatial Research and Engineering business area
Authors: Calfas, George W.
Wayant, Nicole M.
Keywords: Sociology, Military
Sociology, Urban
Power (Social sciences)
Social ecology
War and society
Cities and towns
Computer programs
Vulnerability Assessment Software Toolkit (VAST)
Publisher: Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (U.S.)
Geospatial Research Laboratory (U.S.)
Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Series/Report no.: ERDC ; MP-17-1
Abstract: This work responds to stated critical concerns within the U.S. Army that it currently lacks the necessary depth of knowledge about the complex dynamics within megacities or other dense urban environments. Army leaders acknowledge the inevitability that at some point the Army will be asked to operate in a megacity, considered one of the most challenging environments. This document presents a proposal to develop a social power analysis for understanding social systems, work which is fundamental for mission success but has not yet been solved. The proposed research will overcome the Army’s use of an inadequate approach to understanding social systems by demonstrating new knowledge, methods, and tools for a problem-oriented, system-of-systems approach. This work goes beyond the topical inventories currently found in Army doctrine and used in practice. Results include a framework and methodology for the assessment of the power dimensions within urban social systems; a software tool for military planners to operationalize the power flows within the social systems; a workflow and methodology to combine network epidemiology and disease hazard mapping for vector-borne disease monitoring, prediction of spread, and intervention; and software plug-ins to assist with geospatial and temporal analysis of a population.
Description: Miscellaneous Paper
Gov't Doc #: ERDC MP-17-1
Rights: Approved for Public Release; Distribution is Unlimited
Size: 43 pages/1,001.09 Kb
Appears in Collections:Miscellaneous Paper

Files in This Item:
File Description SizeFormat 
ERDC MP-17-1.pdf1 MBAdobe PDFThumbnail