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Aaron Benjamin Frank

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Ph.D., Computational Social Science, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, 2012

Certificate, Complex Systems Summer School, Santa Fe Institute, Santa Fe, NM, 2007

MA, National Security Studies, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., 1999

BA (with Distinction), Political Science, Boston University, Boston, MA, 1997



2013 – Present, Senior Consultant, LMI, McLean, VA

2010-2012, Program Manager, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA

2009-2010, Research Fellow, LMI, McLean, VA

2005-2009, Computational Social Scientist, BAE Systems, Arlington, VA

1997-2005, Associate, Booz Allen Hamilton, Arlington, VA



Agent-Based Modeling in Intelligence Analysis, Doctoral Dissertation, Department of Computational Social Science, Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study, George Mason University, 2012;

Security in the age of Systemic Risk: Strategies, Tactics and Options for Dealing with Femtorisks and Beyond, IR-12-020, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, September 20, 2012, coauthored with M. Goud Collins, M. Clegg, U. Dieckmann, V. Kremenyuk, A. Kryazhimskiy, J. Linnerooth-Bayer, S. Levin, A. Lo, B. Ramalingam, J. Ramo, S. Roy, D. Saari, Z. Shtauber, K. Sigmund , J. Tepperman, S. Thurner, W. Yiwei, and D. von Winterfeldt;

“Chapter 7: Tin-2 Analysis” in Arnaud de Borchgrave, Thomas Sanderson, and David Gordon, The Power of Outreach: Leveraging Expertise on Threats in Southeast Asia (Center for Strategic and International Studies, April 2009), pp. 71-79;

“Technology and Concepts for Using the TIN to Enhance Alternative and Open Source Analysis” in Arnaud de Borchgrave, Thomas Sanderson, and Jacqueline Harned, Force Multiplier for Intelligence: Collaborative Open Source Networks (Center for Strategic and International Studies, July 2007), pp. 58-66;

“Journey from “Analysis” to Inquiry: Technology and the Transformation of Counterterrorism Analysis” in John Yen and Robert Popp, eds., Emergent Information Technologies and Enabling Policies for Counter Terrorism (IEEE/Wiley Interscience, 2006), pp. 315-329, coauthored with Desmond Saunders-Newton;

“What is Persistent Observation?” Journal of Applied Analytics in Consulting, Vol. 1, No. 2 (August 2005), pp. 52-60;

“Pre-Conflict Management Tools: Technology for Winning the Peace,” Defense and Technology Paper, No. 11 (February 2005);

“Get Real: Transformation and Targeting”, Defence Studies, Vol. 4, No. 1 (Spring 2004), pp. 64-86;

“Effects-Based Operations: Building the Analytic Tools”, Defense Horizons, No. 19 (October 2002), coauthored with Desmond Saunders-Newton.



“Modeling Technical Innovation as an Ecological Process: Lessons from Models of Island Biology,” International Studies Association Annual Conference, April 2013, San Francisco, CA;

“The Philosophy of Science and Intelligence: Rethinking Science in Support of Intelligence,” International Studies Association Annual Conference, April 2012, San Diego, CA;

“Modeling Identity,” Countering Transnational Threats, Military Operations Research Society, December 2011, McLean, VA;

“Computational Intelligence Analysis: A Contractor’s Perspective,” Countering Transnational Threats, Military Operations Research Society, December 2011, McLean, VA;

“Agent-Based Modeling and Intelligence,” Directorate of National Intelligence Agent-Based Modeling Conference, December 2011, McLean, VA;

“Strategic Intelligence, Analytic Tradecraft, and Agent-Based Modeling,” Computational Social Science Seminar Series, George Mason University, November 2011, Fairfax, VA;

“Computational Social Science and Complex Military Operations,” Social Science Underpinnings of Complex Operations, Military Operations Research Society, October 2010, Arlington, VA;

“Toward an Ecological Theory of Military Revolutions,” 2nd World Congress on Social Simulation, July 2008, Fairfax, VA;

“Thoughts on the Use of ABM in Defense and Intelligence Analysis,” 2nd World Congress on Social Simulation, July 2008, Fairfax, VA;

“An Agent-Based Model of Identity Politics,” poster accepted for 2nd World Congress on Social Simulation, July 2008, Fairfax, VA, co-authored with David P. Cedel and Jonathan Goldstein;

“Navigating Political Networks,” Agents 2006, Chicago, IL, September 2006, coauthored with Michael Lack, David Scherzer, and Desmond Saunders-Newton;

“Advanced Technology for Non-Traditional Security Analysis,” Military Operations Research Society Workshop: Analysis for Non-Traditional Challenges: Methods and Tools, Laurel, MD, February 2006;

“Computational Policy Analysis and the Avoidance of Intrastate Conflict,” Association for Public Policy Management and Analysis Annual Conference, Washington, D.C., November 2005;

“Can Many “Littles” Make a Much? One Approach for Transforming Underspecified Theory into Agency-Oriented Rules and Behaviors,” Agents 2005, Chicago, IL, October 2005, coauthored with Desmond Saunders-Newton, Larry Roszman, and Robert Axtell;

“Avoiding 21st Century Societal and Regional Conflicts through Advanced Technologies for Understanding, Anticipating and Shaping,” IEEE, Big Sky, MT, June 2005, coauthored with Desmond Saunders-Newton and Robert Popp;

“Command and Control of Networked Organizations,” North American Association for Computational Social and Organizational Science, Pittsburgh, PA, June 2004, coauthored with Desmond Saunders-Newton;

“Agency, Security & Policy: The Application of Multi-Agent Simulation to National Security Issues,” Presentation at 2nd Annual Human Complex Systems Conference, Lake Arrowhead, CA, March 2003, coauthored with Desmond Saunders-Newton.


Associations and Honors

  • International Studies Association – February 2010 – Present
  • Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, 2009 – 2010
  • Military Operations Research Society, 2006 – Present
  • American Political Science Association, 2003 – Present
  • Academy of Political Science, 2003 – Present
  • National Military Intelligence Association, 1996 – 2008
  • Phi Beta Kappa, 1997 – Present
  • Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honor Society, 1996 – Present


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