Behavioral Modeling and Simulation: From Individuals to Societies
Committee on Organizational Modeling: From Individuals to Societies, Board on Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Sciences, Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education, National Research Council
National Academies Press, Jun 4, 2008 - Social Science - 422 pages
Today's military missions have shifted away from fighting nation states using conventional weapons toward combating insurgents and terrorist networks in a battlespace in which the attitudes and behaviors of civilian noncombatants may be the primary effects of military actions. To support these new missions, the military services are increasingly interested in using models of the behavior of humans, as individuals and in groups of various kinds and sizes. Behavioral Modeling and Simulation reviews relevant individual, organizational, and societal (IOS) modeling research programs, evaluates the strengths and weaknesses of the programs and their methodologies, determines which have the greatest potential for military use, and provides guidance for the design of a research program to effectively foster the development of IOS models useful to the military. This book will be of interest to model developers, operational military users of the models and their managers, and government personnel making funding decisions regarding model development.
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Outstanding book on the complexities of social science modeling and military requirements. The documentation highlights some very specific needs. I would have liked to seen more about socio-cultural data and data structural requirements. All this modeling will lack without a firm grasp on data. Addiioinally, the military needs statements left out understanding the non-hostile populations and the need to understand interface and motavational factors. It meets its very daunting task of describing behavioral modeling and simulation efforts. Well Done!