Committee Participation: National Academies – The Context of Military Environments: Social and Organizational Factors

September 11, 2013 | Washington DC

Host: National Academies Board on Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Sciences

As the U.S. military continues to transform itself to accomplish its full spectrum of missions in the 21st century, an efficient and effective research program to inform U.S. military personnel policies and practices is essential.¬†Highly effective leaders and teams must be adaptable and flexible, because they operate in varied, dynamic, and changing environments.¬†Therefore, any program to improve leadership and performance must consider the social and organizational factors that present external influences on the behavior of individuals operating within the context of military environments. This study, performed by an ad-hoc committee, which includes ICT’s Jonathan Gratch,¬† with oversight from the Board on Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Sciences, will identify and assess these factors and recommend an agenda for future U.S. Army Research Institute research in these areas.

The 24 month consensus study will be carried out by an ad hoc committee that will meet four times during the first year. Its second meeting will include a small public data-gathering event to assist the committee in developing its findings, conclusions, and recommendations for their final report, expected to be published in summer 2014