Accession Number:

ADA610492

Title:

Research@ARL: Network Sciences

Descriptive Note:

Journal article

Corporate Author:

ARMY RESEARCH LAB ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND MD

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2013-03-01

Pagination or Media Count:

269.0

Abstract:

The objective of the Network Science Program of the U.S. Army Research Laboratory ARL is to perform foundational research on network science NS leading to a fundamental understanding of the interplay within and among the physical, social cognitive, information, and communication networks. This research is expected to lead to insights on how processes and parameters in one network affect and are affected by those in other networks. The underlying long-term goal is to optimize human performance and to greatly enhance speed and precision for complex networked military operations. We define Network Science as the study of complex systems whose behavior and responses are determined by exchanges and interactions between subsystems across a possibly dynamic and usually poorly defined set of pathways. The fundamental components of a network are its structure nodes and links or pathways and its dynamics, which together specify the network s properties functions and behaviors. The Army is embarked upon an information age transformation loosely referred to as Network Centric Warfare NCW or Network Centric Operations NCO. NCWNCO seeks to dramatically increase mission effectiveness via robust networking for information sharing leading to shared situational awareness, improved collaboration and self-synchronization, and enhanced sustainability and speed of command 1, 2. Central to this effort is an understanding of the interaction of networks in the physical, informational, cognitive, and social domains thus, ARL s NS program directly supports NCWNCO. Society, as pointed out in the 2005 National Research Council NRC report Network Science 3, is more interconnected than it has been at any time in world history.

Subject Categories:

  • Information Science
  • Sociology and Law
  • Medicine and Medical Research
  • Electrical and Electronic Equipment
  • Computer Systems
  • Radio Communications
  • Non-Radio Communications

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE