Professor Emeritus, Information Sciences Department
Former participant in CENETIX, Cebrowski Institute, MOVES and W2COG
My email is: ricodoco <at> gmail
You can see my NPS Curriculum Vitae here.
A Wikipedia page about me is at: "Rick Hayes-Roth".
I remarried in June, 2015 and am now using my original family name: Roth.

Truthiness FeverMy newest book is Truthiness Fever: How Lies and Propaganda Are Poisoning Us and a Ten-step Program for Recovery.

This book focuses on truth, beliefs that best match empirical evidence. Truth contrasts with truthiness, beliefs supported primarily by emotions and feelings. Public figures commonly use truthiness to promote their cause. With truthiness, we are poisoning the information environment as dangerously as toxins pollute air, water, and soil.

Click here to read more on this important research.

Click here to hear an outstanding interview on this work by Chris Mooney.

I joined NPS and the Navy after the 9/11 disaster to shift from a lifetime of technology management to a role of individual contributor, mentor, and educator. I have special interest in the “information sharing” problem that the 9/11 Commission highlighted. Based on extensive experience in artificial intelligence, knowledge engineering, distributed systems, semantics, business process management and enterprise application integration, I perceive some important success factors that government efforts at information sharing must have. Equally important, I’m familiar with many failure modes that would likely afflict efforts by government or DoD agencies to solve the sharing problems.

My work at NPS aims to provide technical frameworks, management policies, and useful examples for how to accomplish information sharing for high-value security objectives. In addition to the products I’ve been concentrating on, I try to build networks of other people who have the talent and desire to pursue these objectives. This means I participate in a variety of organizations, committees, and groups that are creating solutions for problems of information sharing, rapid acquisition of IT capabilities, and architecture for information, networks, intelligence, adaptive command-control, and resource-constrained distributed operations.

My principal work focuses on the following related questions:

  1. How valuable is information (to whom, when, why)?
  2. How can we delegate vastly more information filtering work to computers?
  3. How can we most rapidly deliver the benefits of 1 and 2 so that we make people in challenging operational settings able to make much better decisions faster?
  4. How can we restructure our technical programs and acquisition process across the government and DoD so that we implement the answer to 3?
  5. To increase the quality of information people consume, how can we connect market mechanisms to truth telling, so that public capital can fund the important work of reducing information pollution?

The most important work products over the last decade represent best available answers to these questions. They are categorized conceptually into nine different bins, based on key technical concept or application domain. The eight bins are:

Model-based Communication Networks (MCNs)
Valued-Information at the Right Time (VIRT)
Using VIRT Concepts for Persistent ISR (RAPID PRO VIRT)
Rich Semantic Track (RST)
Maritime Information Exchange Model (MIEM)
Cooperative Engagement Capability (CEC)
Comprehensive Maritime Awareness (CMA) Joint Capability
   Technology Demonstration (JCTD)

Adaptive, Evolutionary Management of Technology (AEM)
New Directions for Intelligent Systems (AI)

My most recent emphasis has been on fighting information pollution. Just as society awoke to environmental pollution 50 years ago, I expect it to awake to the information pollution threatening us now. Lies and misrepresentations poison the information our citizens routinely consume. The last bin for my research is at

Truth vs. Truthiness