Pathways to Cooperation between the Intelligence Community and the Social and Behavioral Science Communities

May, 2013
IDA document: P-5000
FFRDC: Science and Technology Policy Institute
Type: Documents
Steven E. Koonin, Sallie A. Keller, Stephanie S. Shipp, Ted W. Allen, Gina K. Walejko, Rachel A. Parker See more authors
The U.S. Intelligence Community (IC) would like to collaborate with civilian social and behavioral scientists in threat detection, assessment, deterrence, and minimization. Social and behavioral scientists can provide crucial expertise and support in analyzing, interpreting, and predicting potential threat behaviors and organizational development and in assessing the social vulnerabilities of U.S. infrastructure. This infrastructure is increasingly reliant on “big data” derived from digital technology that can be used to assess threats. Collaborations with social and behavioral scientists will allow the IC to build analysis capacity in new directions and with new communities. This will allow the IC to build future capability that they can use to address unknown problems and integrate information in new, yet-to-be-determined ways.