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DIME/PMESII Community of Interest
Incuding HSCB, IW, HA/DR, PO, SASO, SSTRO, GWOT, OOTW, and More

 

This is the website for the DIME/PMESII, HSCB, and IW Community of Interest.  Links to other pages of the website are found about half way down this page.  Links to related content are found at the bottom of this page.  The discussions, news articles, and job announcements are hosted on the LinkedIn Group website.


Project Metadata Keywords
Label Name Other Year DurationYrs
Client Hartley Consulting none Commercial
Dates 2009 6
Employer Hartley Consulting
Partner N/A
Consequence Management
Data Verification & Validation
DIME/PMESII Modeling
Distributed analysis
Geopolitical analysis
Global War on Terrorism (GWOT)
Human factors
Human, Social, Cultural Behavior (HSCB) Modeling
Impact analysis
Independent Verification & Validation (IV&V)
Irregular Warfare (IW)
Model/System integration
Modeling, Simulation & Gaming (MSG)
Operations Other Than War (OOTW)
Stability Operations (SASO, SSTR)
Verification, Validation & Accreditation (VV&A)

Background:

The challenges facing the world are seen as more complex than those of the Cold War. In addition to conventional wars, there are irregular wars, terrorism (both disorganized and organized, small and large scale), and natural and human-caused disasters. Increasingly, people believe that the world is interconnected and that what happens in distant places can affect them. We have acted first and thought about it later (sometimes). This Community of Interest has gathered to assist in coordinating the thinking process so that the actions may have better effects.

The actions have gone under several names, with a host of acronyms.  They include Peace Operations (PO) of several kinds, Humanitarian Assistance (HA) and Disaster Relief (DR), Counter Insurgency (COIN), Counter Terrorism (CT), and Operations Other Than War (OOTW) or Military OOTW (MOOTW), which include the preceding and other types of operations. Later operations have been called Stability and Support Operations (SASO) and Stability, Support, Transition, and Reconstruction operations (SSTR or SSTRO). Some of these operations are considered to be part of Irregular Warfare (IW).

The technical approaches that have been used to model these operations have generated a new acronym: DIME/PMESII.  The acronym PMESII refers to the Political, Military, Economic, Social, Information, and Infrastructure variables that describe the status of a situation (state vector).  There have been arguments that other categories should be included in the taxonomy; however, for our purposes, we will use PMESII to refer to all state vector variables, regardless of taxonomy details.  The acronym DIME refers to the levers of power that a (nation) state has to influence the PMESII state, Diplomatic, Information, Military, and Economic.  As with PMESII, we will use DIME to refer to all such interventions, regardless of taxonomy details.

The performance of operations that required more than kinetic effects (a polite term for destructive effects through physical means) drove the development of DIME/PMESII models.  Similarly, the development of DIME/PMESII models is driving a need to understand and apply social science theories. Therefore we have a new acronym and term, HSCB Modeling, which stands for Human Social Culture Behavior modeling.

When using the acronym, HSCB, the focus is on the theoretical basis of a model; whereas, DIME/PMESII (or PMESII for short) focuses on the technical details needed to implement a model.  When the focus is on the operations being modeled, models may be cited as OOTW, SASO, etc., models.  These definitions are not synonyms, as shown in the figure below; however, it has become clear that most of the operations listed above will require DIME/PMESII modeling techniques, supported by a firm HSCB basis.

The general DIME/PMESII background can be found in the discussion of Analytical Tools for OOTW. Some history can be found in Requirements for a DIME/PMESII Model.

The National Defense University (NDU) in Washington, DC has held several workshops on the topic of HSCB models and data. The first of these produced the following organization of the "Needs."

We will use this diagram to organize our website.  Part of the recommended solutions to the Education & Training and Outreach Needs was the formation of appropriate Communities of Interest.  Our Community of Interest is one response to this Need. Within this website, we will begin with the following sections and post content and links to content, as suggested by our members:

 

COI Membership:

The figure below, which will be updated periodically, shows the growth of our membership.

The membership is from the following areas.  Those with 5% or more have percentages shown.

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  5%

USA MD 3%

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Information on related topics can be found in the following links:


 

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