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Operations Research Department
Naval Postgraduate School
Monterey, California 93943

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David L. Alderson (Check out my Google Scholar Profile )


Kitsak M, Ganin A, Elmokashfi A, Hongzhu C, Eisenberg DA, Alderson DL, Korkin D, & Linkov I, 2023 "Finding shortest and nearly shortest path nodes in large substantially incomplete networks by hyperbolic mapping," Nature Communications 14, Article number: 186, 1-9.

Eisenberg, D.A., Fish, A.B., & Alderson, D.L., 2022 "What is wrong with the Mission Dependency Index for US federal infrastructure decisions?," Risk Analysis, 1-13,

Alderson DL, Darken RP, Eisenberg DE, Seager TP, 2022 "Surprise is inevitable: How do we train and prepare to make our critical infrastructure more resilient?," International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 72: 102800, 1 April 2022

Woods DD, Alderson DL, 2022 "Progress Toward Resilient Infrastructures: Are we falling behind the pace of events and changing threats?," Journal of Critical Infrastructure Policy, 2(2):5-18. doi: 10.18278/jcip.2.2.2.

Alderson DL, 2021 "Interactive Computing for Accelerated Learning in Computation and Data Science," INFORMS Transactions on Education. 1-16. Published online in Articles in Advance 05 Oct 2021.

Sharkey TC, Nurre Pinkley SG, Eisenberg DA, Alderson DL. "In search of network resilience: An optimization-based view," Networks. 2020;1-30.

Alderson, D.L., Funk, D., and Gera, R., 2019, "Analysis of the global maritime transportation system as a layered network," Journal of Transportation Security, Online First: First published: 29 November 2019, DOI:10.1007/s12198-019-00204-z.

Eisenberg, D.A., Seager, T.P., and Alderson, D.L., 2019, "Rethinking Resilience Analytics," Risk Analysis, 39(9): 1870-1884, DOI:10.1111/risa.13328.

Eisenberg, D.A., Alderson, D.L., Kitsak, M., Ganin, A.A., and Linkov, I., 2018, "Network Foundation for Command and Control (C2) Systems: Literature Review," IEEE Access 6(1):1-13, December, DOI: 10.1109/ACCESS.2018.2873328.

Nicholas, P., Alderson, D.L., 2018, Fast Design of Wireless Mesh Networks to Defend Against Worst-Case Jamming, Military Operations Research, Vol. 23, No. 3, pp. 5-20. (Received Military Operations Research Society Best Paper Award for MOR Journal).

Kitsak, M., Ganin, A.A., Eisenberg, D.A., Krapivsky, P.L., Krioukov, D., Alderson, D.L., and Linkov, I., 2018, "Stability of a giant connected component in a complex network," Physical Review E, 97, 012309.

Alderson, D.L., Brown, G., Carlyle, W.M., and Wood, R.K., 2017, "Assessing and Improving the Operational Resilience of a Large Highway Infrastructure System to Worst-Case Losses," Transportation Science, Vol. 52, No. 4, July–August 2018, pp. 1012–1034,

Alderson, D.L., Brown, G., and Carlyle, W.M., 2015, "Operational Models of Infrastructure Resilience," Risk Analysis 35(4): 562-586 (received Society for Risk Analysis Award for Best Paper of 2015 in Risk Analysis).

Yuan, E.C., Alderson, D.L., Stromberg, S., and Carlson, J.M., 2015, "Optimal vaccination in a stochastic epidemic model of two non-interacting populations," PLoS ONE 10(2): e0115826. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0115826.

Schramm, H.C., Alderson, D.L., Carlyle, W.M., and Dimitrov, N.B., 2014, "A Game Theoretic Model of Strategic Conflict in Cyberspace," Military Operations Research, 19(1), pp. 5-17

Carlson, J.M., Alderson, D.L., Stomberg, S.P., Bassett, D.S., Craparo, D.M., Gutierrez-Villareal, F., Otani, T., 2014, "Measuring and Modeling Behavioral Decision Dynamics in Collective Evacuation," PLoS ONE. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0087380

Alderson, D., Brown, G., Carlyle, M., and Cox, L. A., 2013, "Sometimes There is No "Most-Vital" Arc: Assessing and Improving the Operational Resilience of Systems," Military Operations Research, 18(1), pp. 21-37.

Salmerón, J., Alderson, D. and Brown, G., 2013, "Analyzing the Resilience of Electric Power Infrastructure Supporting Vandenberg Air Force Base" (U), National Security and Operations Research, Volume 1, No. 2.

Bassett, D.S., Alderson, D.L., Carlson, J.M., 2012, Collective decision dynamics in the presence of external drivers, Physical Review E 86, 036105.

Nicholas, P., Alderson, D.L., 2012, Fast, Effective Transmitter Placement in Wireless Mesh Networks, Military Operations Research, Vol. 17, No. 4, pp. 69-84.

Petrovic, N., Alderson, D.L., and Carlson, , J.M., 2012, Dynamic Resource Allocation in Disaster Response: Tradeoffs in Wildfire Suppression, PLoS ONE, 7(4): e33285. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0033285

Page, M. T., Alderson, D., and Doyle, J., 2011, The magnitude distribution of earthquakes near Southern California faults, J. Geophys. Res., 116, B12309, doi:10.1029/2010JB007933.

Alderson, D.L., and Doyle, J.C., 2010, Contrasting Views of Complexity and Their Implications for Network-Centric Infrastructures. IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics-Part A, 40(4): 839-852.

Alderson, D.L., 2008, Catching the “Network Science” Bug: Insight and Opportunity for the Operations Researcher. Operations Research 56(5): 1047-1065.

Alderson, D., and Li, L., 2007. Diversity of graphs with highly variable connectivity. Physical Review E 75 (1), 046102.

Alderson, D., Chang, H., Roughan, M., Uhlig, S., and Willinger, W., 2006. The Many Facets of Internet Topology and Traffic. AIMS Journal on Networks and Heterogeneous Media, 4(1): 569-600.

Li, L., Alderson, D., Doyle, J., and Willinger, W., 2006. Towards a Theory of Scale-Free Graphs: Definition, Properties, and Implications.  Internet Mathematics 2(4):431-523.

Whitney, D. and Alderson, D., 2006, Are Technological and Social Networks Really Different? Proc. International Conference on Complex Systems, Boston, MA, 25-30 June, 2006.

Alderson, D., Li, L., Willinger, W., and Doyle, J.C., 2005. Understanding Internet Topology: Principles, Models, and Validation.  IEEE/ACM TRANSACTIONS ON NETWORKING 13(6): 1205-1218.

Doyle, J., Alderson, D., Li, L., Low, S., Roughan, M., Shalunov, S., Tanaka, R.,, and Willinger, W., 2005. The "Robust Yet Fragile'' Nature of the Internet.  Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA. 102(41): 14497-14502.


Wigal, J., Eisenberg, D.A., Alderson, D.L., 2023, Cellular Coverage Mapping in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Naval Postgraduate School Technical Report NPS-OR-23-001, May.

Alderson, D.L., Eisenberg, D., Ganin, A., Kitsak, M., and Linkov, I., 2020, Operational Resilience of Command and Control Systems to Maintain Multilayered Network Functionality in Response to Large-Scale Disruptive Events, Naval Postgraduate School Technical Report NPS-OR-20-003, December.

Alderson, D.L. and Darken, R.P., 2019, Dystopia: A Virtual Environment for Education, Training, and Exercises, Naval Postgraduate School Technical Report NPS-OR-19-002, December.

Alderson, D.L., Bunn, B.B., Eisenberg, D.A., Howard, A.R., Nussbaum, D.A., and Templeton, J., 2018, Interdependent Infrastructure Resilience in the U.S. Virgin Islands: Preliminary Assessment, Naval Postgraduate School Technical Report NPS-OR-18-005, December.

Salmerón, J., Alderson, D.L, and Brown, G.G., 2018, "Resilience Report: Analysis of Hawaiian Electric Power Grid Vulnerability to Physical Attack (U)", Naval Postgraduate School Technical Report NPS-OR-18-001R, February.

Alderson, D.L., Brown, G.G., Dell, R.F., Witwer, T.M., 2017, Studies of the Fuel Supply Chain in the Pacific Area of Responsibility (U), NPS Technical Report NPS-OR-17-003R, October.

Nicholas, P.J., Alderson, D.L., 2015, Designing Interference-Robust Wireless Mesh Networks Using a Defender-Attacker-Defender Model, Naval Postgraduate School Technical Report NPS-OR-15-002, February.

Alderson, D., Brown, G., Carline, A., DeGrange, W., Fleischmann, M, and Salmerón, J., 2014, Assessing Risk and Identifying How to Improve Resilience of the Energy Supply Chain in the Pacific Theater Bulk Fuel Transport and Prepositioning (U), Center for Infrastructure Defense Technical Report NPS-OR-14-001R, February.

Alderson, D., Brown, G., DiRenzi, J., Engle, R., Jackson, J., Maule, B., and Onuska, J., 2012, "Improving the resilience of coal transport in the Port of Pittsburgh – an example of defender-attacker-defender optimization-based decision support," NPS Technical report NPS-OR-12-004.

Salmerón, J., Alderson, D., Brown, G., and Wood, R.K., 2012, Resilience Report: The Guam Power Authority Electric Power Grid: Analyzing Vulnerability to Physical Attack (U), Center for Infrastructure Defense Technical Report NPS-OR-12-002, May.

Salmerón, J., Alderson, D., and Brown, G., 2011, Resilience Report: Electric Power Infrastructure Supporting Mission Assurance at Vandenberg Air Force Base (U), Center for Infrastructure Defense Technical Report NPS-OR-11-008, December.

Schramm, H.C., Alderson, D.L., Carlyle, W.M., Dimitrov, N., 2011, A Game Theoretic Model of Strategic Conflict in Cyberspace, Naval Postgraduate School Technical Report NPS-OR-005, December.

Alderson, D.L., Craparo, E.M., Fry, W.J., 2011, Assessing Tradeoffs in Mobile Ad-Hoc Network Deployment: A Case Study in Ground Soldier Mobile Systems, Naval Postgraduate School Technical Report NPS-OR-002, January.

Alderson, D., 2004. Technological and Economic and Economic Drivers and Constraints in the Internet's "Last Mile", Technical Report CIT-CDS-04-004, Engineering Division, California Institute of Technology, February.

D. Alderson and K. Soo Hoo. The Role of Economic Incentives in Securing Cyberspace. Stanford Center for International Security and Cooperation, November 2004.


Alderson, D.L., 2019, Overcoming Barriers to Greater Scientific Understanding of Critical Infrastructure Resilience, in M. Ruth & S. G. Reisemann (Eds), Handbook on Resilience of Socio-technical Systems, Edward Elgar Publishing, Northampton, MA.

Seager, T.P., S. Spierre Clark, D.A. Eisenberg, J.E. Thomas, M.M. Hinrichs, R. Kofron, C. Norgaard Jensen, L.R. McBurnett, M. Snell, and D.L. Alderson, 2017, "Redesigning resilient infrastructure research." In Resilience and Risk, Springer, Dordrecht, 81-119.

Alderson, D.L., G.G. Brown, W.M. Carlyle. 2014. Assessing and Improving Operational Resilience of Critical Infrastructures and Other Systems. A. Newman, J. Leung, eds., Tutorials in Operations Research: Bridging Data and Decision. Institute for Operations Research and Management Science, Hanover, MD, 180-215. [slides]

Alderson, D.L., Brown, G.G., Carlyle, W.M., and Wood, R.K., 2011, Solving Defender-Attacker-Defender Models for Infrastructure Defense, in Operations Research, Computing, and Homeland Defense, R.K. Wood and R.F. Dell, editors, INFORMS, Hanover, MD, pp. 28-49.

Willinger, W., Alderson, D., and Doyle, J.C., 2009, Mathematics and the Internet: A source of enormous confusion and great potential, Notices of the American Mathematical Society 56(5): 286-299. Republished as a chapter in The Best Writing on Mathematics 2010, M. Pitici, Ed., Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ, 2010.

Alderson, D., Willinger, W., Li, L., and Doyle, J., 2006.   An Optimization-Based Approach to Modeling Internet Topology.  In Telecommunications Planning: Innovations in Pricing, Network Design and Management. S. Raghavan and G. Anandlingham, eds. Springer.


Alderson, D., Brown, G., Chankij, M., Mislick, G., Nussbaum, D., Salmerón, J., and Schramm, H., 2014, "Assessing and Improving Resiliency of the Air Force Jet Fuel Distribution System on Guam, Including Recommendations and Cost Estimates for Major Hardening Military Construction (U)", 82nd Military Operations Research Society Symposium, 17-20 June, 2013, Alexandria, VA. Winner 2014 Military Operations Research Society Barchi Prize.

Trassare, S., Beverly, R., Alderson, D., 2013, "A Technique for Network Topology Deception," Proceedings of the Military Communications Conference (MILCOM 2013), San Diego, CA.

McPherson, D.B., Alderson, D.L., A Contrasting Look at Network Formation Models and Their Application to the Minimum Spanning Tree, Proceedings of the Asilomar Conference on Signals, Systems, and Computers, Pacific Grove, CA, November 6-9, 2011.

Nicholas, P. and Alderson, D., 2011, Optimal Transmitter Placement in Wireless Mesh Networks, 79th Military Operations Research Society Symposium, 20-23 June, 2010, Monterey, CA. Winner of 2011 Barchi Prize "awarded to recognize the best paper given at the MORS Symposium (MORSS)."

Alderson, D., and Doyle, J.C., 2007, Can Complexity Science Support the Engineering of Critical Network Infrastructures? Proc. 2007 IEEE Internat. Conf. Systems, Man and Cybernetics. Montreal, Canada, October 7-10, 2007.

Whitney, D. and Alderson, D., 2006, "Are Technological and Social Networks Really Different?" Proc. International Conference on Complex Systems, Boston, MA, 25-30 June.

Alderson, D.L., and Perry, W.J., 2006, The Role of Quantitative Modeling in National Security Decisions. First Annual Conference on Quantitative Methods & Statistical Applications in Defense and National Security (SDNS), February 15-16, 2006. American Statistical Association.

Willinger, W., Alderson, D., Doyle, J., and Li, L., 2004. More "Normal" Than Normal: Scaling Distributions and Complex Systems. Proceedings of the 2004 Winter Simulation Conference. R.G. Ingalls, M.D. Rossetti, J.S. Smith, and B.A. Peters, eds. December 2004.

Willinger, W., Alderson, D., Doyle, J., and Li, L., 2004. A pragmatic approach to dealing with high variability in network measurements. Proc. ACM SIGCOMM Internet Measurement Conference 2004, Taormina, Sicily, Italy, October 25-27, 2004.

Li, L., Alderson, D., Willinger, W., and Doyle, J., 2004. A First-Principles Approach to Understanding the Internet's Router-Level Topology. ACM SIGCOMM Computer Communication Review, Portland, Oregon, Aug.30-Sept.2, 2004. Recipient 2016 ACM SIGCOMM Test of Time Paper Award (link)

Alderson, D., Doyle, J., Govindan, R., and Willinger, W., 2003. Toward an Optimization-Driven Framework for Designing and Generating Realistic Internet Topologies. In ACM HotNets-I, Princeton, NJ, October 2002. Published in ACM SIGCOMM Computer Communications Review, 33(1): 41-46.


D.D. Woods, T.P. Seager, D.L. Alderson, 2020, When Can We Move Forward From COVID-19? When Four Capabilities Are In Action. (Version 1.0). Zenodo., 10 April 2020.

Alderson, D., Willinger, W., and Doyle, J., 2019. Lessons from "A First-Principles Approach to Understanding the Internet's Router-Level Topology". ACM SIGCOMM Computer Communication Review, 49(5):96-103.

McLemore, C. and Alderson, D., 2018, "The Shell Game: Fueling a War in the Pacific", War on the Rocks, July 20.

Nicholas, P.J. and Alderson, D.L., 2017, "Method for Interference-Robust Transmitter Placement in Wireless Mesh Networks," United States Patent 9,788,213 B1. 10 October 2017.

Nicholas, P.J. and Alderson, D.L., 2014, "Method for Optimal Transmitter Placement in Wireless Mesh Networks," United States Patent 8,654,672. 18 February 2014.

"In Search of the Real Network Science: An Interview with David Alderson" ACM Ubiquity Issue 8 (August 4 - 10, 2009).

Alderson, D., and Willinger, W., 2005,   A contrasting look at self-organization in the Internet and next-generation communication systems.  IEEE Communications Magazine. July, 2005, pp. 94-100.

D. Alderson, Congestion-Induced Collapse in Networks: Managing Failure Cascades in Complex Systems and Infrastructure Protection. Ph.D. Thesis, Stanford University. June 2003. pdf


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