Action Verbs for Thinking People

By | 2018-09-06T19:21:33+00:00 July 3rd, 2018|BLOG|

It’s very easy for us analytics consultants to get typecast as quantitative back office data junkies whose value to our clients is proportionate to the volume of numbers we crunch and the things we think about. Perhaps some of us find that role comfortable. At times, I do. But the [...]

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Portfolio Optimization Use in Fleet Management

By | 2018-09-06T19:29:41+00:00 June 20th, 2018|BLOG|

What Is Portfolio Optimization Portfolio Optimization technology uses principles and best practices to ensure that technology solutions are met, and that business objectives are exceeded. It is important for businesses to balance many different objectives to make a sound decision in fleet management planning. Data Transformation Data continues to transform [...]

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Decision Analysis Approach to Portfolio Fleet Management (and Risk Analysis)

By | 2018-09-06T19:29:55+00:00 June 20th, 2018|BLOG|

Fleet Management is the management of vehicles, aircraft, boats, and auxiliary equipment aimed at the optimization of costs, risks, and efficiency in fleet operations. A range of functions could be taken into account for managing your fleet as a portfolio. For example, human factors such as driver management, platform factors such [...]

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IDIer Fred Woodaman wins best paper at CSER!

By | 2018-09-06T19:30:03+00:00 May 14th, 2018|BLOG|

On May 8, 2018 Dr. Fred Woodaman was awarded best paper at the Conference on Systems Engineering Research (CSER). Check out the abstract below: The purpose of this paper is to introduce the Stress-Injury Pathway to Military Suicide (SIPMS), a systems model of suicide and its prevention in the military. [...]

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Sneak Peak - Excerpt from Improving Homeland Security Decisions coming soon in 2017!

By | 2018-09-06T19:30:24+00:00 July 28th, 2017|BLOG|

Ever wondered how to validate a Terrorism Risk Assessment Model?  A defining risk of our time is the possibly growing capability of terrorist groups to fabricate and deliver weapons of mass destruction (WMDs). That risk is characterized by extreme possible consequences, including tens of thou- sands of fatalities and initiation [...]

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Congratulations to Bill Miller on the INCOSE Founders Award!

By | 2018-09-06T19:30:37+00:00 July 20th, 2017|BLOG|

Each year INCOSE awards 1 of over 10,000 members of the organization the Founders Award. To no surprise, this prestigious award was given to Bill Miller this year for a life time of contributions to the systems engineering profession and community. Mr. Miller was recognized for his long-term and diverse support to [...]

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Natasha Hawkins Receives Letter of Appreciation

By | 2018-09-06T19:31:01+00:00 February 9th, 2016|BLOG|

Feb 5, 2016: Ms. Natasha Hawkins, Principal Analyst Innovative Decisions, Inc. receiving a Certificate of Appreciation from Director Firoved for her contribution to the National Biosurveillance Integration Center.   Ms. Hawkins has been instrumental in helping the Center analyze, determine, and draft its highest priority biosurveillance capability gaps and requirements. Although she [...]

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Do you want risk-based security analysis or security risk analysis?

By | 2018-09-06T19:35:22+00:00 September 25th, 2015|BLOG|

By IDI Special Invitation: Dr. Kenneth G. Crowther, MITRE Corporation There has been confusion as the worlds of risk management and the security analysis are increasingly mixed. The differences are simple: Security is the ability to accomplish specific protection objectives. Risk is the likelihood and severity of adverse effects. Combining [...]

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Strategic Options: Iran’s Nuclear Program

By | 2018-09-06T19:35:49+00:00 July 18th, 2015|BLOG|

By Meredith Lipp Summer Intern, Innovative Decisions, Inc. The following paper was written April 29, 2014 just after the interim accord freezing Iran’s nuclear program had be reached. Strong debates over what course of action the United States should take inspired this analysis and a hypothetical “Strategic Options Memorandum” for [...]

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Validation in the absence of observed events: weapons of mass destruction (WMD) terrorism risk assessment models

By | 2018-09-06T19:36:19+00:00 January 31st, 2015|BLOG|

Introduction The concepts we present here are based on ten years of experience involving nine specific Weapons of Mass Destruction Terrorism Risk Assessment Models (WMD-TRAMs) and the Lugar survey.   Each TRAM has one or more adversary choice components.  Each model has its own strengths, weaknesses, constraints, limitations, and assumptions.  The perspectives [...]

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