MiNPAC allows analysts to discover emerging themes, trends, patterns of beliefs, sentiments, etc. from multi-source data and correlate these findings with structural and behavioral dynamics within the same or related social networks. This capability improves situational awareness, helping planners formulate more responsive COA plans to meet rapidly evolving, asymmetric threats.
Modern asymmetric warfare involves operational and strategic decision making under high levels of uncertainty. For course of action (COA) planning to be effective, decision makers must contend with the state of flux—the enemy’s shifting organizational patterns and methods of communication, growth and indoctrination, levels of preparation, policy shifts, advances in capability, new technology acquisition, deployment methods, etc.—that is the hallmark of modern warfare. Most pressing, and most challenging, is the need for accurate situational awareness at many levels, particularly in understanding a complex web of dynamic elements that includes demographic, political, military, economic, social, information, and infrastructure dimensions.