Institute for Software Research
School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University


Trident Joust 2017, After Action Report

Kathleen M. Carley, David M. Beskow

November 2017

Center for the Computational Analysis of Social and Organizational Systems
CASOS Technical Report


Keywords: Trident Joust 2017, social medai analytics

Trident Joust took place at the Joint Force Training Centre (JFTC) in Bydgoszcz, Poland from Sep 11, 2017 to Sept 21, 2017. It was a joint NATO exercised aimed at maintaining mission skills. Led by Dr. Rebecca Goolsby, the science team participated in this activity both on-site and off. The on-site team consisted of Dr. Rebecca Goolsby of the Office of Naval Research, NATO S&T; Dr. Lucia Flason from Australia DSTA; and Dr. Kathleen M. Carley from Carnegie Mellon University. The off-site team included PhD students and staff from the CASOS Center for Computational Analysis of Social and Organizational Systems at Carnegie Mellon University and scientific observers at Arizona State University led by Dr. Huan Liu and the University of Arkansas Little Rock led by Dr. Nitin Agarwal.

The science team had three main goals, demonstrate the value of social media assessment to support NATO missions related to PSYOPS; understand how social media would be used in Trident Juncture 2018 and prepare to support that effort and to provide training in December for NATO; and identify gaps and barriers to social media training as operationalized in Trident Joust 2017. To meet these goals, the science team engaged in several parallel lines of activity, they operated as PSYOPS analysts to analyze social media data coming through the Crown Media system; they operated as remote analysts, collecting and analyzing social media messaging in the real world that was concerned with NATO and/or Trident Joust; they provided guidance on how to collect and assess social media data, and provided information on how social media is, has been and can be used for a variety of missions including, but not limited to PAO, PSYOPS, and planning; and engaged in planning sessions for social media analytics in Trident Juncture 2018.

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