March 15, 2017
HFES Responds to a National Academies Request for Comments on Social and Behavioral Sciences in National Security
By Lewis-Burke Associates LLC
On February 15, HFES responded to a request for comments by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, regarding the decadal survey on Social and Behavioral Sciences for National Security. In its response, the Society underscored the value of human factors/ergonomics research in the successful deployment of new technologies for intelligence and national security by advancing and applying evidence-based research on how humans interact with complex systems, known as human-systems integration. Additionally, the Society outlined five specific areas that should be further explored in the National Academies decadal survey:
the integration of intelligence information and use of big data;
autonomy and risk assessment and mitigation;
cybersecurity and cyber situational awareness (SA);
resilience to information attack; and
human roles and interfaces in adaptive learning systems.
The decadal survey, which seeks to augment the existing analytic capabilities of the national intelligence community through input from the social and behavioral sciences, began in the summer of 2016 and will span 30 months, through winter 2018. The Board on Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Sciences oversees the survey and will host the committee's first meeting on March 23–24, 2017, which will identify "potential contributions of SBS in areas relevant to national security." The final report will be made available to the public upon completion.
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