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Board On Behavioral Cognitive and Sensory Sciences
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This new project will carry out a decadal survey on the social and behavioral  sciences (SBS) in areas relevant to national security. The survey will identify opportunities that are poised to contribute significantly to the intelligence community's analytic responsibilities. See below for the full statement of task. This project kicked-off with a national summit that was held on October 4-5, 2016. Visit our Summit webpage to learn more about the Summit and view an archived webcast of the event.
 
Decadal Survey of Social and Behavioral Sciences and Applications to National Security
Committee Members
 
Paul R. Sackett, University of Minnesota (Committee Chair)
Joseph Arvai, The University of Michigan
Gary G. Berntson, The Ohio State University
Kathleen Carley, Carnegie Mellon University
Noshir Contractor, Northwestern University
Nancy Cooke, Arizona State University
Barbara A. Dosher (NAS*), University of California, Irvine
Mauro F. Guillen, University of Pennsylvania
Jeffrey Johnson, University of Florida
Sallie Keller, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
David Matsumoto, San Francisco State University
Carmen Medina, MedinAnalytics, LLC
Fran Moore, FPM Consulting, LLC
Jonathan Moreno (NAM*), University of Pennsylvania
Joy Rohde, University of Michigan
Jeffrey Taliaferro, Tufts University
Gregory Treverton, Former Chairman of the National Intelligence Council
Jeremy Wolfe, Brigham & Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School

*NAS = National Academy of Sciences
*NAM = National Academy of Medicine

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We want to hear from you: 

  • Share research we should know about.
  • Participate in requests for white papers.
  • Look for us in town halls and conferences featuring the social and behavioral sciences.
  • Sign up to receive updates on the project.

If you would like to receive program updates, please contact us at SBSDecadalSurvey@nas.edu. We also welcome you to monitor this website as updates will be posted regularly.


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White Papers

We would like to thank everyone who submitted a white paper. A key aspect of the decadal survey is the outreach to and input gathered from the scientific and, in this study, the intelligence communities. These papers were submitted in response to our request for input from social and behavioral sciences (SBS) academics and researchers with intelligence community (IC) experience and/or knowledge to provide insights into the IC's needs and challenges with respect to the use of SBS research for analytic capabilities.  We anticipate a second call for white papers to be announced after our first committee meeting, which is scheduled to be held on March 23-24, 2017.  If you would like to be notified about this and other upcoming events for this project, please contact us at SBSDecadalSurvey@nas.edu.

To view papers that were submitted in response to our first call for white papers, please click here



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Statement of Task

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine will carry out a decadal survey on the social and behavioral sciences (SBS) in areas relevant to national security. An ad hoc committee will be appointed to conduct the survey with the goal of identifying opportunities that are poised to contribute significantly to the intelligence community’s analytic responsibilities. The study will identify opportunities throughout the social sciences (e.g., sociology, demography, political science, economics, anthropology) and from behavioral sciences (e.g. psychology, cognition, neuroscience). The committee will work with the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) and security community members to understand government needs and expectations. The final consensus report will be based on the committee's consideration of broad national security priorities; relevant capabilities of elements within the security community to support and apply findings from social and behavioral science; cost and technical readiness; likely growth of research programs; emerging data, procedures, personnel, and other resources; and opportunities to leverage related research activities not directly supported by government. The committee will specify a range of relevant work that could be useful to the intelligence community for their consideration in developing future research priorities.

The committee's primary tasks will be: 
 
  1. Assess progress in addressing selected major social and behavioral scientific challenges that might prove useful to national security. Include discussion of approaches that are gaining strength and those that are losing strength. Where possible, rely on published meta-analyses.
  2. Identify SBS opportunities that can be used to guide security community investment decisions and application efforts over the next 10 years.
  3. Specify approaches to facilitate productive interchange between the security community and the external social science research community.
     
The survey will engage members of the SBS community to generate ideas for research that may benefit national security now and in the ensuing decade. The total project duration will be 36 months from summer 2016 to summer 2019. The committee’s final report will be available to the public. All work will be conducted at the unclassified level. The work is overseen by the Board on Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Sciences (BBCSS), part of the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education (DBASSE) of the Academies in collaboration with the newly-forming Intelligence Community Studies Board (ICSB) in the Division of Engineering and Physical Sciences.







 
 
Decadal Survey of Social and Behavioral Sciences and Applications to National Security

Com
mittee Meeting # 1
 
Keck Center March 23- 24, 2017

 Keck Center
 500 5th Street, NW
 Washington, DC

The first meeting for the Decadal Survey of Social and Behavioral Sciences and Applications to National Security will be held March 23 - March 24, 2017 in Washington, DC. The meeting will kick-off a new study that will identify potential contributions of the social and behavioral sciences (SBS) in areas relevant to national security.  To learn more about this meeting please click here.

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Contact us: SBSDecadalSurvey@nas.edu

Meeting Archive

October 4-5, 2016
, Washington, DC – Summit on Social and Behavioral Sciences for National Security
 
 Past Events

January 12, 2017
, Washington, DC - Study Director gives overview of decadal survey at
Winter ICSB Meeting.

October 20, 2016, Washington, DC – Study Director gives overview of decadal survey at Annual NISTC Meeting.
 

October 19, 2016,  Washington, DC – Study Director gives overview of decadal survey at Inaugural ICSB Meeting.


 In the News
Spy agencies team up with National Academies – Science Magazine (October 12, 2016)

Board on Behavioral Cognitive, and Sensory Sciences (BBCSS)

Staff Informaton
 

Sujeeta Bhatt, Study Director 
Alexandra Beatty, Senior Program Officer

Julie Schuck, Program Officer 

Liz Townsend, Research Associate
Hannah During, Sr. Program Assistant 
Barbara Wanchisen, Sr. Board Director

 

Intelligence Community Studies Board

Alan Shaw, Board Director 


     
      
 

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