DAD Knows Best: NPS optimization warriors simulate 'perfect' enemies to defend critical infrastructure.
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Naval Postgraduate School faculty and students are modeling worst-case attacks on the nation's critical infrastructure to identify key vulnerabilities and plan optimal defenses. "The question we're answering is,'Where do we best spend limited funds to harden our critical national infrastructure?' with the goal of getting to the point that, no matter what our adversaries do, they can't significantly hurt us," explained NPS operations research Prof. R. Kevin Wood, a key faculty researcher in the area. "But to defend something, you first have to learn how to attack it, and you do that by modeling where and how an optimal attacker would strike."