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Resilience—A Concept


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Author: Col Dennis J. Rensel, USAF (Ret.)

Resilience takes on many definitions and ideas depending upon who is speaking.  Taking this one step further, consider resiliency as a concept that provides a holistic view of a system or capability, just as biomedical indices provide an indication, a concept of a person’s health. This process or concept of assessing one’s health can be equated to the assessment of the health of a network or system.  The hypothesis is: resiliency is meaningful in the context of holistic assessments of capabilities.  At this level, comparisons of capabilities or systems can lead to informed decisions about resources, funding, and tradespaces.  This article develops a Resiliency Tier Matrix and illustrates how to obtain a holistic view of resilience for a capability or system.

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