Author Biography

Dr. Richard Adler is Founder and Chief Architect of DecisionPath, Inc. He designed and implemented the company's ForeTell software platform for critical decision support and currently directs development and delivery of ForeTell solutions for government, and for the life sciences and financial services markets. ForeTell systems provide modeling, "what-if" simulation, and analysis capabilities to help clients "test drive" complex decisions including preparedness strategies for countering terrorist threats and managing organizational change. Before that, Dr. Adler was a partner at Computer Science Corporation, holding positions as the Solutions Architect for the company's Internet marketplace practice and software component framework for transactional business applications. Dr. Adler was previously VP of R&D at Symbiotics, Inc., a middleware software startup, and was a key member of the technical staff at the MITRE Corporation. Dr. Adler has over two decades of experience developing advanced software technologies and innovative systems architectures in business applications, mission-critical operations support, decision support, process control, modeling and simulation, and knowledge management. Dr. Adler has spoken and published extensively on topics including pandemic preparedness, counter-terrorism decision support, knowledge management, component software, executable specifications, intelligent systems, and software architectures for distributed control. He holds advanced degrees in Physics and Philosophy. Dr. Adler can be reached for comment at: rich@decpath.com.

Jeff Fuller is the Director of Homeland Security Services at Teledyne Brown Engineering, Inc. He has supported the U.S. Coast Guard Port Security Assessment program since its inception. Mr. Fuller has extensive experience with antiterrorism and security assessments, planning, training, exercises and program management for protecting military forces and critical infrastructure, crisis management, mission analysis and planning for homeland security, special operations, WMD counter-proliferation, conventional and joint military operations, and command and control. He served as Project Manager and Senior Analyst for the U.S.S. COLE Commission Support Team, led mission area analysis for Joint Chiefs of Staff, Antiterrorism Force Protection Directorate (J-34) and managed the Pentagon Antiterrorism/Force Protection Plan Project. He served as a Department of Defense Representative to the Department of Homeland Security Interagency Incident Management Group and the DOD Coordination Element at DHS. He has supervised security assessment and planning support for the Pacific Air Force, analytic and technical support to the Defense Threat Reduction Agency's Enhanced Joint Integrated Vulnerability Assessment Program, and execution and update of the JCS Web-delivered Antiterrorism Awareness Training program. Mr. Fuller was a Lt. Colonel in the U.S. Army and participated in four Special Forces assignments to include three command assignments. Mr. Fuller can be reached for comment at: jeff.fuller@tbe.com.



Subject Area Keywords

Homeland security, Intelligence analysis, Methodology, Security management, Terrorism / counterterrorism


This article presents a dynamic decision support methodology forcounter-terrorism decision support. The initial sections introduce basic objectives and challenges of terrorism risk analysis and risk management. The remainder of the paper describes TRANSEC, a decision support framework for defining, validating, and monitoring strategies focused on managing terrorism risks to international transportation networks. The methodology and software tools underlying TRANSEC are applicable to other homeland security problems, such as critical infrastructure and border protection.