Graph Theoretical Analysis of Network Centric Operations Using Multi-Layer Models
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND MANAGEMENT
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As the Department of Defense continues its transformations to a network centric force, evaluating DoDs progression towards net-centricity remains a challenge. This research proposes to extend the Network Centric Operation Common Framework Version 2.0 draft with the metrics based in graph theory and, specifically addresses, among other metrics, the measurement of a net-centric forces mission effectiveness. The research incorporates the importance of understanding network topology for evaluating an environment for net-centricity and using network characteristics to help commanders assess the effects of network changes on mission effectiveness. The multi-layered model of Network Centric Operations and interlayer mapping are introduced to address the interdependent contributions of people, systems, and processes to the success of net-centric operations. A layered network model was populated with data derived from the 2006 Joint Expeditionary Forces Experiment JEFX. Both static and dynamic network analyses were performed to characterize the network structures and to demonstrate how the interlayer mapping allows networks changes at one layer affects the networks characteristics of other layers. Thirty four excursions were performed on a three-layer model of JEFX network centric operations and the network characteristics were measured using twelve graph-theoretical metrics.
- Command, Control and Communications Systems