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Board On Behavioral Cognitive and Sensory Sciences
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Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education
 
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Decadal surveys are a signature type of study conducted through the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, with a rich history of success in the physical sciences. These surveys gather ideas and feedback from the research community in order to develop a plan that shapes future research initiatives. 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 for 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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Second Call for White Papers

The deadline to submit a white paper has now passed. We would like to thank everyone who submitted a white paper. Scholars are encouraged to continue to share relevant research with the committee.  If you have research that you would like to share with the committee, please contact Julie Schuck at jschuck@nas.edu or 202-334-3379. 

The information gathered from these white papers will be used solely to inform this project and the work of the committee. The committee will review white paper contributions to plan its fall and winter workshops, to plan other information gathering activities, and to guide its deliberations.  The opinions and views expressed in the white papers are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the National Academies or the committee appointed to conduct the survey.

To view papers submitted in response to our second call for white papers, please click here
To view papers that were submitted in response to our first call for white papers, please click here. If you would like to receive notices about upcoming town halls and workshops please email SBSDecadalSurvey@nas.edu


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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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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 National Academies.







 
 

October 11, 2017 - Public Workshops (Washington, DC) 
Workshop topics include:
- Changing Socio-cultural Dynamics
- Political and Strategic Reasoning
- Networks

October 12-13, 2017
- Third Committee Meeting (Washington, DC) 

January 24, 2018 - Public Workshops (Washington, DC) 
Workshop topics include:
- Sensory, Cognitive, and Decision Sciences
- Workforce Development
- Narratives

January 25-26, 2018
- Fourth Committee Meeting (Washington, DC) 

March 26-27, 2018 - Fifth Committee Meeting (Location TBD)

June 6-7, 2018 - Sixth Committee Meeting, (Location TBD)

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Contact us: SBSDecadalSurvey@nas.edu

Meeting Archive

June 27-28, 2017, Washington, DC - Second Committee Meeting (Closed Meeting)

March 23-24, 2017,
Washington, DC - First Committee Meeting

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

SBS Decadal Summit Proceedings Book Cover
To purchase or download of a copy of the Summit proceedings, please visit the National Academies Press (NAP) website (http://www.nap.edu/24710).  







 Past Events

April 13, 2017, Washington, DC - Board Director presented at Spring ICSB Meeting.

January 12, 2017, Washington, DC - Study Director presented at Winter ICSB Meeting.

October 20, 2016, Washington, DC – Study Director presented at Annual NISTC Meeting.
 

October 19, 2016,  Washington, DC – Study Director presented 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 Information

Sujeeta Bhatt, Study Director 
Alexandra Beatty, Senior Program Officer

Julie Schuck, Program Officer 

Liz Townsend, Research Associate
Thelma Cox, Program Coordinator
Renée L. Wilson Gaines, Sr. Program Assistant 
Barbara Wanchisen, Sr. Board Director
 


 


Alan Shaw, Board Director 


ICSB Colloquia:

November 3, 2016 - Identifying and Understanding Emerging Breakthroughs in Science Technology

May 9, 2016 - New Models for Socio-Political Systems

October 7, 2015 - Novel Materials

June 10, 2015 - Novel Power Sources
 


         
         
 

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