New decadal survey for the social and behavioral sciences presents guidance to the intelligence community

spying
Credit: CC0 Public Domain

The social and behavioral sciences (SBS) offer an essential contribution to the mission of the U.S. Intelligence Community (IC), a mission that requires an understanding of what human beings do, how, and why, says a new report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The report—A Decadal Survey of the Social and Behavioral Sciences: A Research Agenda for Advancing Intelligence Analysis—recommends that the IC make sustained collaboration with researchers in the social and behavioral sciences a key priority as it develops research objectives for the coming decade.

The report provides guidance for the development of a 10-year research agenda and identifies key opportunities for SBS research to strengthen . The integration of SBS research will help the IC in taking advantage of technological advances that support analysis and in preparing for new risks from technologically based activities and communications around the world. Targeted, interdisciplinary research offers the potential for stronger intelligence assessments, tools and technologies optimally designed for human use and human-machine interaction, and optimal readiness to confront evolving security threats.

To capitalize on the benefits of SBS research, the IC may need to alter procedures and ways of doing business that have been in place for a long time so it can develop a systematic approach to fostering SBS research and integrating the conduct of such research and the application of its findings into intelligence analysis. Additionally, may arise at all stages of the research process, and standards with respect to some issues – particularly those concerning the use of large-scale digital datasets—are developing and are also context-sensitive. Effective collaboration between the IC and the will require to ethical issues and professional standards and customs within both the research community and the IC throughout the processes of research, design, and implementation of new tools and methods.

Researchers from many SBS disciplines have benefitted from opportunities to work with the IC and conduct research on myriad topics related to intelligence collection. The decadal survey—the first conducted in this context—highlights ways to promote interdisciplinary collaboration so that the insights and ideas of SBS researchers are fully integrated with the needs and objectives of the IC.


Explore further

Bringing more human intelligence to AI, data science and digital automation

Citation: New decadal survey for the social and behavioral sciences presents guidance to the intelligence community (2019, March 11) retrieved 18 October 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-03-decadal-survey-social-behavioral-sciences.html
This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
2 shares

Feedback to editors

User comments

mqr
Mar 11, 2019
This is where psychology shines, serving the wealthy in oppressing the lower classes and the oppositions of any kind.

Mar 11, 2019
Meh, the SBS can't even get economics right. Why should anyone believe them on intelligence gathering or analysis?

Given the obvious idiocy, I'd say if the "wealthy" are trying to "oppress the lower classes" with this they're failing abjectly and quite likely victims of scams.

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more