The ever increasing complexity of disasters demands utilization of knowledge that exists outside domains traditionally used in disaster management. To be operationally useful, such knowledge must be extracted, combined with the information generated by the disaster itself, and transformed into actionable knowledge. The process is hampered by the existing, business-oriented approaches to KM, technical issues in access to relevant, multi-domain information/knowledge, and by the executive decision processes based predominantly on historical knowledge. Consequently, as shown by many recent incidents, the management of large scale (mega) disasters is often inefficient and exceedingly costly. The paper demonstrates that integration of modified Information and Knowledge management with the concepts of network-centric operations (NCO) and network-enabled capabilities (NEC), and with Boyd’s OODA Loop-based decision-making in unpredictable and dynamically changing environments may address some of these problem
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