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Science and Technology for Communication and Persuasion Aboard: Gap Analysis and Survey. Revision
CENTER FOR NAVAL ANALYSES ALEXANDRIA VA
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The Department of Defenses Rapid Reaction Technology Office RRTO issued a Strategic Communication Science and Technology Plan in 2009 that surveyed the governments programs in this area and their gaps. To keep abreast of the latest technological developments, this report is being updated for FY 2012. The updated report discusses domains for future investment in research and development RD identifies gaps and proposes new science and technology ST initiatives and surveys current ST programs. The updated report finds that there has not been adequate investment in the technological gaps identified by RRTO in 2009. Furthermore, the U.S. government has made limited RD investments in using social interaction technology, persuasive technology, and immersive virtual environments and simulation games for communication and persuasion areas of RD not discussed at length in RRTOs 2009 report. CNA reached this conclusion after surveying current U.S. government programs, reviewing recent academic literature on technology for communication and persuasion, and consulting with experts inside and outside the U.S. government. Based on its analysis of these gaps, CNA has identified several areas for investment, particularly in the digital realm.
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