Defense Analysis hosts DoD’s IO Center for Research

  • IO LogoThe Information Operations Center for Research exists to:
  • advance the goal of information operations as a core military competency
  • support the DOD commitment to transform our military capabilities
  • provide avenues for research for information operations, asymmetrical warfare, The Global War on Terrorism and unconventional thought

The curriculum is designed for both the specialist who will be assigned to an information operations position and the generalist who will be assigned to the operations directorate. The curriculum includes a core of military art and operations, the human dimension of warfare (psycho-social), analytical methods, and atypical sequence customized for each student. Additionally, each student will have an elective sequence designed to further develop an in-depth understanding of joint information operations.


The CORELab is DoD's Premier Academic Network Analysis Lab

  • CORELab LogoFuses Relational, Geospatial, and Temporal Data to Illuminate Dark Networks
  • Leading Research Center on Social Media Exploitation, e.g., ISIS Study (SOCOM/Joint Staff/SOCCENT)

CORE Lab Products Include:

  • Social Media Exploitation

CORE develops methodologies to exploit social media for use in mapping dark networks and understanding the operational environment by analyzing open source social media.

  • COREMercury

Mercury is a structured data collection platform to supplement ASOMs and MLE activities.

  • Lighthouse

The Lighthouse project focus on the integration of commercial-off-the-shelf and open-source technology and analytic methods developed in the Common Operational Research Environment to help solve complex problems

  • IEDNa

IEDNA can rapidly identify potential bomb-making cells by virtue of the overall similarities of IEDs.


A solution to resolving current shortfalls with Sensitive Site Exploitation (SSE) is to design a mobile device application with back end structure that can process, structure, and fuse the captured data near real-time from the objective with intelligence databases.


CORE DTNA allows an analyst the ability to: 1) collect information on Twitter (by hashtag, username, or keyword); 2) visualize this information or network in real-time; 3) change initial search criteria based on the visualization and applied social network analysis properties; 4) monitor sentiment or emotion of a particular keyword; and 5) create a word ontology or taxonomy to sway opinion on this particular keyword. Get info on how to use it here.


GlobalECCO is Helping to Build the Global Network

GlobalECCO LogoGlobal ECCO's (Education Community Collaboration Online) mission is to build and strengthen the Combating Terrorism Fellowship Program's (CTFP) global alumni network of Combating Terrorism (CbT) experts and practitioners through innovative and engaging technologies and techniques that both enable and encourage collaborative partnership between individuals, nations, organizations, and cultures.

Global ECCO enables communication between members who may otherwise be isolated physically, and allows multiple community members to interact, facilitating collaboration and continuing education on critical security issues. It also helps to maintain a network of skilled operators with a wealth of expertise to share and to draw on.

Global ECCO hosts a variety of innovative, interactive modules, including a progressive multimedia journal (CTX), strategic gaming applications, and an original and ongoing collection of operator archives from those who have fought in the war on terrorism. It also provides access to daily counter-terrorism news and a ‘curated' collection of blogs and resources on all facets of terrorism, violent extremism and radicalization.