Title: A decision support web service for allocating assets in counter-piracy operations given periodic environmental forecast updates

Authors: François-Alex Bourque; Raffaele Grasso; Raúl Vicen-Bueno; Giampaolo Cimino; Paolo Braca; John Osler

Addresses: Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE), Viale San Bartolomeo 400, 19126, La Spezia, Italy; Defence Research and Development Canada, Centre for Operational Research and Analysis, 101 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0K2, Canada ' Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE), Viale San Bartolomeo 400, 19126, La Spezia, Italy ' Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE), Viale San Bartolomeo 400, 19126, La Spezia, Italy ' Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE), Viale San Bartolomeo 400, 19126, La Spezia, Italy ' Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE), Viale San Bartolomeo 400, 19126, La Spezia, Italy ' Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE), Viale San Bartolomeo 400, 19126, La Spezia, Italy; Defence Research and Development Canada, Atlantic Research Centre, P.O. Box 1012 Dartmouth, 101 Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, B2Y 3Z7, Canada

Abstract: The rise of piracy in the Gulf of Aden and off the coast of Somalia prompted several nations to direct their navies to conduct counter-piracy operations in that region of the world. A major challenge with such operations is the sheer size of the area to patrol. One way to address this problem is by noting that pirates are more likely to operate under favourable environmental conditions and to focus patrols in areas where such conditions prevail by generating maps of piracy risk based on environmental forecast. This contribution presents a system that invokes a multi-objective optimiser with each new forecast to help the decision makers plan operations over the course of days, weeks or months. Implemented using web-based technologies to mitigate for potential resource limitations at the client site, the resulting decision support system is demonstrated for a counter-piracy operation conducted off the coast of Somalia.

Keywords: decision support system; asset allocation; counter-piracy; environmental forecast; METOC; optimisation; web service.

DOI: 10.1504/IJIDSS.2018.099897

International Journal of Intelligent Defence Support Systems, 2018 Vol.5 No.4, pp.314 - 331

Available online: 15 May 2019 *

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