JDMS SI: Simulation and Intelligent Agents to Support Defense and Homeland Security

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Journal of Defense Modeling and Simulation: Applications, Methodology, Technology (JDMS)

Special Issue: Simulation and Intelligent Agents to Support Defense and Homeland Security


The evolution of new social and political scenarios, new asymmetric warfare and threats continuously provide all the actors involved in Defense and Homeland Security with new challenges and problems. Reduction in risks and vulnerabilities and enhancement of preparedness require not only a military force able to dominate the full spectrum of operations but also civil and military cooperation, CIMIC, (to give full support to the military force on the field) and high level of cooperation between all governmental and non-governmental agencies involved.

In this context Modeling & Simulation (M&S) is recognized as one of the most critical technologies for the Defense and Homeland Security (in 2007 the United States with the House Resolution 487 have recognized the contribution of M&S technology to the security and prosperity of the United States). In effect social and political disorders, asymmetric threats, unpredictable military operations (or any other actions carried out by specific groups, entities that aim at targeting homeland security) are complex and quick evolving phenomena; their investigation requires the capability to recreate with satisfactory accuracy the dynamic behavior of the entities involved and, successively, several analyses for considering different scenarios and alternatives. To this end simulation can be profitably used to model opponents' behavior, to investigate the effectiveness of new policy and procedures (in order to improve response flexibility and agility) and, above all, to enhance education and training of personnel involved at different levels.

Such potentialities are highly increased when Modeling & Simulation is combined with methodologies, technologies, tools and environments able to recreate the intelligent behavior of the actors involved. Simulation combined with intelligent agents can provide flexible and agile solutions for recreating from one side the opponents and from the other side military forces as well as local, state and national entities or agencies and their collaboration. By bringing in the same simulation model multiple players, new policies and procedures can be effectively tested at every level; vulnerabilities, weaknesses and threats to homeland security can be discovered and preparedness of military forces, involved agencies and entities can be enhanced.

The motivation for this Special Issue on Simulation and Intelligent Agents to support Defense and Homeland Security is the upcoming International Defense and Homeland Security Workshop (DHSS 2011) that will be held next September 12-14, 2011 in Rome (Italy) as part of the International Mediterranean and Latin American Modeling Multiconference, I3M 2011 (also co-located with the CAX forum). Authors of DHSS 2011 will be invited to submit an improved version of their articles including the latest significant results.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Agents based simulation
  • Asymmetric Warfare
  • Computer Generated Forces
  • Distributed Simulation
  • Human Behavior Modeling
  • Intelligent Agents
  • Interoperable simulation
  • Live, Virtual and Constructive Simulation
  • Modeling C4I
  • Multi-resolution modeling
  • Netcentric warfare simulation
  • Serious games
  • Simulation for training
  • Simulation for education
  • Virtual humans

Authors are kindly invited to include in their papers all the research works, case studies and application both theoretical and applied related to Defense and Homeland Security.

Instructions for Manuscript Preparation

For manuscript formatting and other guidelines, please visit the Author Guidelines for JDMS.

Note: Manuscripts must not have been previously published or be submitted for publication elsewhere. Each submitted manuscript must include title, names, authors' affiliations, postal and e-mail addresses, and a list of keywords. For multiple author submission, please identify the corresponding author.

Due Dates

Full papers due     November 1, 2011
Reviews returned to authors   February 15, 2012
Revised Papers Due   April 15, 2012
Notification of acceptance   May 30, 2012
Submission of final (revised) papers   June 30, 2012
Publication Expected   Winter 2012

Submissions for full paper review

All manuscripts must be submitted electronically through the paper submission system to the JDMS Manuscript Submission System. Manuscripts must be formatted in single-column pdf format, double-spaced, and use 12pt fonts. In the title page, author(s) must specifically mark that the paper is intended for this special issue as follows: "Special Issue: Simulation and Intelligent Agents to Support Defense and Homeland Security".

Final paper submissions

Each final submission must be prepared based on the Simulation journal requirements (see the Author Guidelines for JDMS page).

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