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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

    Col (ret.) Greg JannaroneCenter Director Emeritus
    Col (ret.) Mike McKimDeputy Director for Research & Outreach

  • Partners ___return to top

      When BIAC was active, our research and educational partners included

  • 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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