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Game-Theoretic Methods in CounterTerrorism and Security

  1. Vicki M. Bier

Published Online: 14 JAN 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470400531.eorms1035

Wiley Encyclopedia of Operations Research and Management Science

Wiley Encyclopedia of Operations Research and Management Science

How to Cite

Bier, V. M. 2011. Game-Theoretic Methods in CounterTerrorism and Security. Wiley Encyclopedia of Operations Research and Management Science. .

Author Information

  1. University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Madison, Wisconsin

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 14 JAN 2011

Abstract

Protecting against intentional attacks on homeland security is fundamentally different from protecting against accidents or acts of nature. In particular, an intelligent and adaptable adversary may adopt a different offensive strategy in response to our protective security measures, in order to circumvent or disable them. Game theory provides a way of taking this into account analytically. Thus, security can benefit from game-theoretic methods. This article discusses approaches for applying game theory to the problem of defending systems against attack. The results yield insights into the nature of optimal defensive investments.

Keywords:

  • homeland security;
  • game theory;
  • resource allocation;
  • terrorism;
  • counterterrorism