White Paper on Assessing and Anticipating Threats to US Security Interests: A Bio-Psycho-Social Science Approach for Understanding the Emergence of and Mitigating Violence and Terrorism   [open pdf - 2MB]

"Over the past four years, ongoing activities of the Strategic Multilayer Assessment (SMA) group have focused upon the validity and viability of neuro-cognitive techniques and technologies to be operationalized within national security, intelligence, and defense initiatives. Operationally, neuro-cognitive approaches have been, and are being evaluated, and in some cases iteratively employed, in the assessment, analysis, interdiction, influence, mitigation, and/or deterrence of factors contributory to intent and acts of global aggression and violence that threaten the United States (US) and its allies. Through these projects, it was recognized that the value of neuro-cognitive techniques and technologies are best--and in some cases only--realized if and when they are incorporated and employed within (and to optimize) a more expansive orientation to human thought and action, which encompasses, appreciates, acknowledges, and engages the interactive dynamics of humans-in-environments. This approach is known as the bio-psychosocial model, with homage to George Engel, who developed this paradigm--originally in reference to the scope and conduct of biomedicine--to describe humans as biological organisms, who psychologically experience and respond to the social (i.e., physical, group, economic, political) environment(s) in which they are embedded and function."

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