The Center for Operational Analysis (COA) directs defense relevant research and timely technology transfer in providing approaches and solutions to current and future operational and resource issues while developing critical and forward thinking analysts, managers, and leaders.
Sensor Fusion Laboratory
Primary Application area: Automatic Target Recognition (ATR)
Another Area of Interest: Digital Image Analysis
Dr. Kenneth Bauer (Operational Sciences Department)
Dr. Mark Oxley
Dr. J.O. Miller
Design and Sensitivity of ATR systems
Emphasis on war-fighter preference
Design through Robust Parameter Design
Linear model and neural network representations
Design through Robust Parameter Design (Hyper-Spectral Imagery)
Evaluation\ Selection of ATR systems
ROC analysis (esp. under fusion)
Keeping a eye towards war-fighter preference
Improvement of ATR systems
Increasing algorithmic processing speed
Information theory based Non-declaration/ Out-Of-Library procedures
Robust Operating points
Effects of Correlated data
A mathematical model for classifier confidence
Dr. Kenneth W. Baurer, Jr.
Dr. Mark Oxley (Department of Mathematics & Statistics)
Combat Modeling Laboratory
The Combat Modeling Lab (CML) is an integral piece of the Center for Operational Analysis and provides direct support to the Department of Operational Sciences, and AFIT at large, by exposing students to a variety of combat models from the Air Force Standard Analysis Toolkit (AFSAT) in their graduate course work and in research projects.
Within the combat modeling curriculum, students are exposed to at least one model from the Mission, and Campaign level.
Current models used include EADSIM, SEAS, and THUNDER. Recent research projects have been done using these models in addition to BRAWLER and LCOM. We have also have a separate graduate course and research going on in the area of Mobility Modeling. In addition, the Arena Discrete Event Simulation software is used in other simulation courses and for combat modeling research in both the Operations Research and Logistics and Supply Chain Management areas within the Department of Operational Sciences.
Dr. J.O Miller
Future Operations Investigation Laboratory
Foil - a light flexible weapon
Foil - to prevent from accomplishing a purpose; to cut the ground from under
Foil - a character whose qualities or actions serve to emphasize those of the protagonist or of some other character by providing a contrast with them
All of these definitions can be applied to operations in today’s and tomorrow’s conflict spaces
Lab provides operational analysis and research into asymmetric, counter insurgency conflict in the 22nd century
Future combat operations are unlike past conventional wars
Counter insurgency against nontraditional guerrilla forces
Deterrence in Unrestricted Warfare
A War of Will
Key to success will be
Measures, Models and Analysis to support such efforts,
Develops and Incorporates the concepts and practices of DIME and PMSEII into modeling.
Information Operations Modeling and Analysis Project (IOMAP)
The Behavioral Operations Research Group (BORG)
Reconstruction and Stabilization Research Team (RESTART)
Director: Richard F. Deckro
Post Doc: Jerome W. O'Neal
Doctoral Students: Maj Kevin Kennedy, USAF; Maj Kevin Calhoun, USAF; Mr. James F. Morris
Welcome to the Center for Operational Analysis
Conducting Operationally Relevant Research for
the Air Force and DoD
The Center for Operational Analysis conducts operations and logistic research that directly impacts the Air Force and the Department of Defense. We accomplish this mission through faculty led, student driven research along with our technical knowledge while maintaining close working ties with our research sponsors and affiliates who provide the subject matter expertise to truly understand the operational requirements. In a time when the Air Force and the Department of Defense are looking for improved efficiencies and greater effectiveness, the COA provides a means to achieve these results. Please e-mail me with your questions.
I encourage you to explore our website and see the past and current research that delivers operational impact. The COA is a forward looking organization that is interested in addressing the toughest technically challenging issues facing our Air Force and the Department of Defense. I would be happy to discuss where research with the Center for Operational Analysis may be able to assist
Dr. Darryl K. Ahner, Ph.D., P.E.
Director, Center for Operational Analysis