Collecting the Dots

Problem Formulation and Solution Elements

by Martin C. Libicki, Shari Lawrence Pfleeger


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Across a wide variety of endeavors, failure to anticipate disaster has been ascribed to the inability to “connect the dots.” But to “connect the dots,” one must first “collect the dots.” The authors investigate the barriers to circulating important information and describes approaches for bringing information together in a meaningful way and describe a formal process for collecting the dots.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter One


  • Chapter Two

    Modeling Communication of Information

  • Chapter Three

    Elements of Potential Solutions

  • Chapter Four

    Future Directions: Outlining a Solution

  • Chapter Five


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