7th Annual SMA Conference – What Now, What Next?

November 2013 No Comments

7th Annual SMA Conference: Over a Decade into the 21st Century…What Now? What Next? Author | Editor: Canna, S. & Popp, G. (NSI, Inc). The 7th Annual Strategic Multilayer Assessment (SMA) Conference was held at Joint Base Andrews from 13-14 November 2013. The conference was focused on global megatrends and their implications in all spheres […]

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Pathway Indicators Analysis of Pakistan

September 2013 No Comments

South Asia II: NSI Pathway Indicators–Pakistan’s Future: Analysis of the Fragmentation and Muddling Through Hypotheses. Author | Editor: Astorino-Courtois, A., Bragg, B., Brickman, D., Canna, S., Desjardins, A., Popp, G., Popp, R. & Williams, R. (NSI, Inc). This report explores the potential pathways associated with two hypothetical futures for the nation of Pakistan–Fragmentation and Muddling […]

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A Multi-Layer Assessment of Terrorism Current & Future

September 2013 No Comments

Over a Decade Later…What Now? What Next? A Multi-Layer Assessment of Terrorism in its Current and Future Manifestation. Author | Editor: Cabayan, H. (Joint Staff), Astorino-Courtois, A. (NSI, Inc), Yandura, M., Sitterle, V. (Georgia Tech), Canna, S. & Popp, G. (NSI, Inc). This report marries contemporary social science theory, applied research, and operational experience to […]

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Perspectives on Terrorism and Responses to It

September 2013 No Comments

Looking Back, Looking Forward: Perspectives on Terrorism and Responses to It. Author | Editor: Cabayan, H. (Joint Staff), Sitterle, V. & Yandura, M. (Georgia Tech). This white paper is a follow-on report to a recent publication entitled “Over a Decade Later…What Now? What Next? A Multi-Layer Assessment of Terrorism in its Current and Future Manifestation.” […]

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Social Science Validation and Validity Concepts

August 2013 No Comments

Humans in the Loop: Validation and Validity Concepts in the Social Sciences in the Context of Applied and Operational Settings. Author | Editor: Cabayan, H. (Joint Staff), Ehlschlaeger, C. (ERDC), McGee, A. (Naval Postgraduate School) & Ackerman, G. (University of Maryland, START). Threats in the 21st century are increasingly complex, requiring multiple perspectives and disciplines […]

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New Face of Transnational Crime Organizations (TCOs)

May 2013 No Comments

The ‘New’ Face of Transnational Crime Organizations (TCOs): A Geopolitical Perspective and Implications for US National Security. Author | Editor: Riley, B. (OSD/RRTO), Kiernan, K., St. Clair, C. (Kiernan Group) & Canna, S. (NSI, Inc). Office of the Secretary of Defense President Barack Obama: Significant transnational criminal organizations constitute an unusual and extraordinary threat to […]

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Neuro-Psychology/Biology of Influence & Extremism

March 2013 No Comments

Insights from Neurobiology & Neuropsychology on Influence and Extremism—An Operational Perspective. Author | Editor: Reynolds, M. (JS/J-3/DDGO) & Lyle, D. (USAF). This report provides the operational and policy communities with a deeper understanding of the unique behavioral and neurobiological factors that underlie political extremism enhanced by interaction in the cyber realm. It addresses the implications […]

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Relevance of Behavioral and Social Science to DoD

March 2013 No Comments

Operational Relevance of Behavioral & Social Science to DoD Missions. Author | Editor: Canna, S. (NSI, Inc). This paper emerged from the “A World in Transformation: Challenges and Opportunities” Strategic Multi-layer Assessment (SMA) Conference in November 2012.2 Leaders from across the USG addressed the emerging challenges of the 21st century for defense analysts, planners, and […]

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Neurobiology of Aggression: Implications to Deterrence

February 2013 No Comments

Topics in the Neurobiology of Aggression: Implications to Deterrence. Author | Editor: DiEuliis, D. (HHS) & Cabayan, H. (Joint Staff). This paper provides a series of selected topics on the neurobiological basis of aggression, in the interest of introducing this field of science to the community of experts in deterrence. Thus the topics covered are […]

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Neuroscience Mobilization and Radicalization

December 2012 No Comments

Neuroscience Insights on Radicalization and Mobilization to Violence: A Review, Second Edition. Author | Editor: Canna, S., St. Clair, C. & Desjardins, A. (NSI, Inc). Radicalization is a complex phenomenon informed by various disciplines. The social sciences have provided planners and operators with an understanding of the ‘who’, ‘what’, and more recently the ‘how’ of […]

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