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Human, Social, Cultural Behavior (HSCB) Modeling Workshop I: Characterizing the Capability Needs for HSCB Modeling

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On 28 - 30 July 2008, a workshop was conducted on the campus of the National Defense University NDU to characterize the capabilities needed to perform effective Human, Social, Culture Behavioral HSCB modeling in support of operational users and senior decision makers. The workshop was sponsored by Dr. Robert Foster, Director, BioSystems, in the Office of the Director, Defense Research Development DDRE. The workshop was organized and conducted by the Center for Technology and National Security Policy CTNSP, NDU. To achieve the primary goal of the workshop, approximately 120 participants were assembled from the social sciences and operations analyses communities. Participants were drawn from government, academia, industry, Federally Funded Research Development Centers FFRDCs and University Affiliated Research Centers. The workshop was divided into three parts. The first part consisted of plenary briefings, which characterized the nature of the problem, depicted the state-of-the-practice, and identified the steps needed to achieve desired capabilities. The second and third parts were organized as working groups. On the first day of the workshop, the participants were assigned to discipline panels i.e., Social Sciences Micro Social Sciences Macro Operations Research methodologies and tools Operations Research data and verification, validation, and accreditation VVA. On the second day of the workshop, the participants were assigned to problem-domain panels to address issues posed by operational users and senior decision makers e.g., deterrence counterterrorism counter insurgency stability, security, transition, reconstruction SSTR operations. In each case, the groups were asked to characterize the capabilities needed to satisfy the interests of operational users and senior decision makers.

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  • Sociology and Law
  • Operations Research

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