Advancing Campaign Analytics Workshop
18-21 November 2019
Institute for Defense Analyses, Alexandria, VA



Objective; to update the community on advances in campaign analytics and to foster collaboration on enhancing the tools, techniques, and procedures used by the national security community to inform joint strategic and operational decisions. This includes (1) exploring opportunities to make campaign analysis more agile, relevant, and responsive, (2) credibly incorporating non-kinetic effects, such as cyber-attacks and information warfare, across the physical domains, (3) addressing challenges to workforce development and continual education, (4) integrating advances in high performance computing and computational methods, and (5) leveraging capabilities used by practitioners in other analytic disciplines. 

The Advancing Campaign Analytics special meeting encompasses operations analysis and computational tools, techniques, and associated architectures that support quantitative analysis of operational plans developed in the deliberate planning process, joint force net assessments, and programmatic decisions made within the Department of Defense.   Additionally, this special meeting will explore opportunities to further the state-of-the-practice.  For example, current modeling techniques are well suited to examine traditional forms of kinetic warfare. However, credibly incorporating non-kinetic effects such as offensive cyber operations remains elusive.  In addition, innovations in computational speed, network architectures, and data analytics suggest opportunities to substantially reduce the time and cost of campaign analysis studies, reveal insights that were previously difficult for analysts to detect, and improve the testing and vetting of the study.  Consequently, the resulting recommendations, insights, and risk assessments will be more useful to leadership.

The discussions will focus on the following five broad topic areas and under lying subjects. 

  • Representing emergent warfighting capabilities
    • Cyber
    • Artificial intelligence
    • Autonomous systems
    • Electromagnetic maneuver warfare
    • Influence operations
  • Advances in computational capabilities
    • Innovative design of experiments
    • Advanced data analytics and post-processing tools 
    • Increases in computing power
    • New model architectures
    • Utilization of advanced algorithms
  • Relationship to other analytic tools
    • Wargaming
    • Physics level, mission level, and engagement level models
    • Data visualization
    • Red CONOPS development
  • Warfare modeling
    • Increasing responsiveness
    • Simple vs. complex modeling
    • Verification, validation, and accreditation (VV&A)
    • Determination of limits of sensitivity analyses (before CONOPS changes are necessary)
    • Project management strategies
  • Workforce development and training
    • In-residence education opportunities
    • Continuing education
    • Certificate programs
    • Career management
    • Community management


Ms. Liz Marriott, or (703) 933-9071

Ms. Tina Yan, or (703) 933-9076

Ms. Taniesha Sims, or (703) 933-9073