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Mission ___return to top
Provide responsive, authoritative, reliable support to professional military education, operational level warfighters, and policy makers to enable understanding, holistic planning, and exploitation of the perceptual and behavioral dimensions of the “human terrain” of any military or military-supported mission.
Principle mission activities:
- Curriculum design and delivery support, and a BIA elective offering, to AWC and ACSC, CADRE and related military educational institutions
- Adversary/other behavioral modeling drawing from the computational and social sciences, operations research, organizational dynamics, and network analysis
- Selective direct support to AEF and other deploying personnel in adversary/other profiles, field assessment techniques, and through reachback analysis support
- Establish procedural basis, participant preparation, and support for a USAF level “Adversary Behavioral Assessment Group” that performs RED TEAM and alternative/competitive analysis on motivations, intentions, and likely behaviors
Behavioral Influences Analysis (BIA) Center Mission Overview
Vision ___return to top
Evolve into the center of excellence, and advisory activity of choice, for operational level warfighters, in their student and practitioner roles, and the national security policy community on:
- Comprehension of the “human terrain” of foreign battlespaces, military mission areas, and coalition interoperability
- Key foreign audience, and adversary actor, perceptual and behavioral aspects of USAF and Joint planning, shaping, engagement, analysis, and assessment
- Methodology and modeling leading to actionable cultural, organizational, and psychological insights into adversary/other motivations, intentions and likely behaviors
History ___return to top
This center was established at Air University in 2006. It focuses on education, research, and publications that support the mission above.
Activities & Events (most recent first) ___return to top
Key Staff ___return to top
- "Inferring Adversary Intent & Estimating Behavior" - Behavioral Influences Analysis Tools Conference, 18-20 March 2008, Air University, Maxwell Air Force Base, Montgomery, Alabama.
- “Strategy to Tactics: BIA for Actionable Insights on Adversary Behavior” - BIA Methodology Conference, 18-19 September 2007, Montgomery, Alabama
- "Adversary Behavioral Modeling: Available Tools and Applications for the Warfighter" - Behavioral Influences Analysis Tools Conference, 8-9 March 2007, Air University, Maxwell Air Force Base, Montgomery, Alabama.
|Col (ret.) Greg Jannarone||Center Director Emeritus|
|Col (ret.) Mike McKim||Deputy Director for Research & Outreach|
Partners ___return to top
When BIAC was active, our research and educational partners included
- Air Force Intelligence Analysis Agency (AFIAA)
- 8th Air Force /A-2
- Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT)
- Department of Operational Sciences (AFIT/ENS)
- Air Force Research Laboratory(AFRL)
- AFRL, Human Effectiveness Directorate, Warfighting Interface Division, Cognitive Systems (AFRL/HECS)
- AFRL, Information Directorate, Command and Control Engineering (AFRL/IFSA)
- Auburn University, Dr. Robert Norton
- George Mason University, Volgenau School of Information Technology and Engineering, System Architectures Laboratory (SAL)
- Carnegie Mellon University, Center for Computational Analysis of Social and Organizational Systems (CASOS)
- Dartmouth College, Thayer School of Engineering, Distributed Information and Intelligence Analysis Group (DI2AG)
- National Air and Space Intelligence Center, Force Capabilities Directorate, Behavioral Influences Analysis Branch (NASIC/FCEB)
National Advisory Network ___return to top
The USAF Behavioral Influences Analysis Center (BIAC) was professionally and procedurally advised, and evaluated, by a network of subject matter experts and practitioners in the social, behavioral, cognitive, decision, and computational sciences. Similarly, specialists from the liberal arts, humanities, linguistics, and analysis disciplines were part of this BIA Center "National Advisory Network."
These experts and practitioners work and contribute within the national security, academic, intelligence, research, and science and technology domains. They offered their views and critiques of BIAC work in progress, assessment, Adversary Behavioral Red Team activities, customer support, publications, educational, and outreach projects. They acted in appropriate circumstances as interlocutors with customers, sponsors, and collaborators of the BIA Center to facilitate the delivery of high quality support, methodological effectiveness, and educational excellence.
As they had the specific expertise and time, members of this Network reviewed Center mission activities, analyses, assessments, methodological developments, modeling and simulation efforts, and education and research projects. They participated as desired and available on Red team development, training, and execution; commented on written products; reviewed candidates for Center positions, fellowships, and exchanges; and offered constructive criticism of the direction, appropriateness, and utility of activities in progress or proposed. They were in no way responsible for the decisions, activities, or results of the Center staff, activities, or products
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