The concept of resilience dates back to the 1620s when it was defined as “to rebound, recoil.” During the years since, the topic has been explored across diverse topics ranging from ecological sustainability to critical infrastructures to societal and organizational constructs; and a variety of domain-specific definitions have emerged. Resilience is increasingly stated as a goal for today’s complex socio-technical systems, but the means for achieving that goal are not evident. This presentation discusses the theory of resilience and the application of systems thinking methodologies to analyze and foster development of more resilient socio-technical systems, with particular emphasis on security-related applications.
is President and Chief Executive Officer of Analytic Services Inc., a nonprofit corporation that operates the Homeland Security Institute, a federally funded research and development center sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security and ANSER, which supports national security missions. Before assuming her current position in 1998, Dr. David was Deputy Director for Science and Technology at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Previously, she served in several leadership positions at Sandia National Laboratories, where she began her professional career in 1975. She earned M.S. and PhD degrees in electrical engineering from Stanford University and was inducted into the National Academy of Engineering in 2002.