From the Abstract: "I present the story of my and colleagues' involvement in formulating the US's policy for mitigating pandemic influenza that culminated in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's issuance of Interim Pre-Pandemic Planning Guidance in February 2007. Modeling lies at the heart of this formulation, but interaction, drive, serendipity, hard work, and advocacy for the use of models to select robust policy in the face of great uncertainty were required for its actualization. Reflecting on this entire process, and others in which high impact influence has been achieved, has led myself and colleagues to the recognition that nearly all the systems we wish to influence can be categorized as Complex Adaptive Systems of Systems or CASoS and that our field of endeavor is CASoS Engineering."
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System Dynamics Society Annual Conference. Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA. July 26-30, 2009.