Verification and Validation of Social Science Simulations: Some Thoughts for Consideration in National Security Applications [open pdf - 385KB]
"Threats to national security have become increasingly complex and adaptive involving the intersection of technical, operational, and human considerations. Non-state actors that use non-traditional means of attack such as terrorism and the threat of acquisition or use of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) are of particular concern, as the numbers of actors, their potential repertoires of behaviors, and the dynamic, co-evolutionary nature of their actions with those of other actors compound the problem space enormously. The expansion along these several dimensions has encouraged the emergence of many new modeling approaches, as well as the innovative application of existing methods across domain spaces, to support transdisciplinary data collection, analysis, and decision support. The direct inclusion of social sciences in particular, and (although to a lesser extent) the humanities in the threat analysis endeavor introduces new concepts, frames of reference, and language to what historically was a field structured around the physical and engineering sciences." Note: This document has been added to the Homeland Security Digital Library in agreement with the Project on Advanced Systems and Concepts for Countering WMD (PASCC) as part of the PASCC collection. Permission to download and/or retrieve this resource has been obtained through PASCC.
Report No. ASCO 2007 011; Report No. Advanced Systems and Concepts Office 2007 011
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