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Master of Science


Department of Operational Sciences

First Advisor

Richard F. Deckro, PhD


Given that network disruption has been identified as a military objective and C2-attack has been identified as the mechanism to accomplish this objective, a target set must be acquired and priorities assigned to each target set. In order to move beyond subjective target prioritization, development and implementation of a methodology and model, that quantitatively measures the value of each target in achieving the objective, is needed in prioritizing targets. This thesis effort uses a vertex cut-set algorithm on a transformation of the graph representing a notional network of interest. The cut-sets generated represent potential target sets. Value-focused thinking and decision analysis techniques are used to rank the target sets according to decision maker preferences and the overall objective of achieving network disruption. The ranked list of potential targets can be narrowed down to an amount palatable to the decision maker, C2W planner, or some other user, so that further analysis may be conducted. The above methodology is incorporated in a Visual Basic/Excel Spreadsheet environment and allows for user-friendly, yet powerful analysis.

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