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The Role of Social Science Research in National Security

By National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (The National Academies) report on “The Role of Social Science Research in National Security” argues that nearly every major challenge for the United States requires understanding the causes and consequences of people's behavior. Even challenges that at first glance appear to be issues only of medicine or engineering or computer science have social and behavioral components. Having a fundamental understanding of how people and societies behave, why they respond the way they do, what they find important, what they believe or value, and what and how they think about others is critical for the country's well-being in today's global environment.

 

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