Isaac R. Porche III

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Associate Director, Force Development and Technology Program, RAND Arroyo Center; Senior Engineer
Pittsburgh Office

Education

Ph.D. in electrical engineering and computer science, University of Michigan; M.S. in electrical engineering and computer science, University of California, Berkeley; B.S. in electrical engineering, Southern University

Media Resources

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Overview

Isaac Porche is a senior engineer at the RAND Corporation. His areas of expertise include cybersecurity; network and communication technology; intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR); information assurance; big data; cloud computing; and computer network defense. He has led research projects for the U.S. Navy, U.S. Army, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Joint Staff, and the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He is a member of the U.S. Army Science Board, serving on the data-to-decisions panel. He is also exploring the Army role in cyberspace. In addition, he has assessed collaboration and information-sharing issues, and modeling and simulation of tactical network communication technologies. For the Navy, he studies ISR issues and led the TCPED study as well as the AoA for the DCGS-N and MTC2 programs of record. He has published articles in the Military Operations Research on "The Impact of Networking on Warfighter Effectiveness" (2007) and "Game-Theoretic Methods for Analysis of Tactical Decision-Making Using Agent-Based Combat Simulations" (2009). His RAND publications include The Impact of Network Performance on Warfighter Effectiveness (with Bradley Wilson, 2006); Navy Network Dependability: Models, Metrics, and Tools (Porche et al., 2010); and, most recently, Finding Services for an Open Architecture: A Review of Existing Applications and Programs in PEO C4I (Porche et al., 2011). Porche also studies auto industry technology trends as a consultant for Automotive News.

He received his Ph.D. from The University of Michigan in 1998.

Concurrent Non-RAND Positions

Member, Army Science Board

Previous Positions

Project Engineer, General Motors Electric Vehicles; Transportation Research Engineer, Environmental Research Institute of Michigan; Associate Engineer, General Motors Advanced Engineering

Recent Projects

  • Maritime Tactical Command and Control AoA
  • Role of the Army in Cyberspace
  • TCPED Intelligence Cycle Process Study
  • Navy Network Reliability
  • Rapid Acquisition of Computer Network Defense Systems

Selected Publications

Isaac R. Porche III, Christopher Paul, Michael York, Chad C. Serena, Jerry M. Sollinger, Elliot Axelband, Endy Min, Bruce J. Held, Redefining Information Warfare Boundaries for an Army in a Wireless World, RAND (MG-1113-A), 2013

Isaac R. Porche III, Shawn McKay, Megan McKernan, Robert W. Button, Bob Murphy, Kate Giglio, Elliot Axelband, Rapid Acquisition and Fielding for Information Assurance and Cyber Security in the Navy, RAND Corporation (TR-1294-Navy), 2012

Isaac R. Porche III, Jerry M. Sollinger, and Shawn McKay, A Cyberworm That Knows No Boundaries, RAND Corporation (OP-342), 2011

Isaac R. Porche, III, et al., Finding Services for an Open Architecture: A Review of Existing Applications and Programs in PEO C4I, RAND (MG-1071), 2011

Isaac R. Porche, III, et al., Navy Network Dependability: Models, Metrics, and Tools, RAND Corporation (MG-1003), 2010

Yevgeniy Vorobeychik and Isaac R. Porche, "Game-Theoretic Methods for Analysis of Tactical Decision-Making Using Agent-Based Combat Simulations," Military Operations Research, 14(4):21–39, 2009

Isaac R. Porche, III, and Bradley Wilson, The Impact of Network Performance on Warfighter Effectiveness, RAND Corporation (TR-329), 2006

Leland Joe and Isaac R. Porche, III, Future Army Bandwidth Needs and Capabilities, RAND Corporation (MG-156), 2004

Honors & Awards

  • 2011 and 2012 Silver Award, RAND
  • 2008 Bronze Award, RAND
  • 2005 Finalist, Best Paper, 10th International Command and Control Research and Technology Symposium

Recent Media Appearances

Interviews: Defense News; Investor's Business Daily; Pittsburgh Post-Gazette; Pittsburgh Tribune-Review; Washington Times

Commentary: Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

Commentary

  • car interior with a dashboard computer

    Sounding the Car Alarm on Hackers

    Security protections on vehicles have not kept pace with systems that control safety features, navigation capabilities, and wireless communication functions. Onboard computer networks will likely become much more attractive to hackers, whether their aim is to steal a car, eavesdrop on a conversation, stalk a potential victim, or cause a devastating traffic accident.

    Jun 30, 2014 | The San Francisco Chronicle

  • Line handlers await the arrival of the Virginia class attack submarine USS Hartford

    How Do We Deal with a Flood of Data?

    Despite the value of intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) systems, the amount of data they generate has become overwhelming. If the Navy does not change the way it processes information, it will reach an ISR “tipping point”—as soon as 2016.

    Jun 23, 2014 | Future Force

  • The search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 resumed even as senior Australian officials warned that bad weather and a lack of reliable information were seriously impeding efforts.

    Why 'Big Data' Can't Find the Missing Malaysian Plane

    The failure to find the missing aircraft demonstrates anew the serious gaps in data coordination and challenges public assumptions about the thoroughness and simplicity of searching the world’s data for answers.

    May 1, 2014 | U.S. News & World Report

  • DPU Soldiers conduct cyber defense exercise

    Cyberwarfare Goes Wireless

    For American audiences and policymakers alike, cyber activities in Crimea provide a chilling reminder that cyberspace is emerging as a 21st-century global battlefield.

    Apr 7, 2014 | U.S. News & World Report

  • Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, Gansu province

    Satellites for Rent

    Reports earlier this year that the U.S. Department of Defense leased a Chinese satellite to support military operations in Africa sparked concern that the arrangement could compromise control over U.S. military communications, or, worse, allow Chinese intelligence gatherers access to privileged military data.

    Nov 8, 2013 | U.S. News & World Report

  • A soldier with the Army's intelligence community demonstrated use of a portion of the Army's Distributed Common Ground System

    Calling for a Time-Out in the Army Intelligence Software Debate

    The Army's Distributed Common Ground System (DCGS) program has been getting much attention from Congress, and its future was the subject of a heated exchange between the Army's Chief of Staff General Raymond Odierno and Representative Duncan Hunter in May.

    Aug 21, 2013 | The RAND Blog

  • Could Bin Laden's Death Prompt a Cyber Attack?

    A truly monumental attack that could cripple key U.S. computer systems — something akin to the Stuxnet worms attack on Iran's nuclear infrastructure, for example — would take many months of planning, significant expertise, and a great deal of money to pull off, writes Isaac Porche.

    May 6, 2011 | RAND.org and GlobalSecurity.org

  • Stuxnet Is the World's Problem

    The highly sophisticated Stuxnet computer worm suspected of sending Iran's nuclear centrifuges into self-destruction mode forces a difficult debate on whether longstanding firewalls in our country's democracy should be breached for the sake of national security, writes Isaac Porche.

    Dec 9, 2010 | Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

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