Recommendation 1c: In order to implement its investment strategy in NSTE, the Army should organize a center for NSTE (NSTEC) with a mission to:

  • Strengthen the theoretical underpinnings of network science;

  • Conduct basic research on how and why biological and social (non-physical) networks function and determine their applications to military networks;

  • Manage activities in network science research, technology development, and experimentation for the Army;

  • Focus science and technology (S&T) investments to enable network-centric operations and warfare;

  • Focus applied S&T to enable social networks important to Army operations; and

  • Enable development of network science applications and facilitate their transition to Army and joint operations.

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