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Human Behavior in Military Contexts
been observable. Such research can make critical contributions to military procedures for personnel selection, training, and performance evaluation.
The committee recommends a doubling or more of the current budgetfor basic (6.1) research for the behavioral and social sciences acrossU.S. military research agencies. This level of funding can supportapproximately 40 new projects per year across the committee’s recommended research areas. Funding should be significant enough toestablish a scientific foundation in basic behavioral and social researchfrom which important specific applications addressed to military needscan be developed.
An expanded military budget for basic research in the behavioral and social sciences of about $75 million will support both new and continued work on important research topics with likely application in the near future and longer term, as well. Although the recommended additional funding will support only a small number of projects in each of the recommended fields, it will allow a sufficient number of large and small new grants to support viable fields of research that are relevant to military needs. Without such support, basic behavioral and social science research is not likely to meet those needs.
More than 15 years ago, the former commander of the Vietnamese forces against both the French and American armies, General Vo Nguyen Giap, said: “In war there are the two factors—human beings and weapons. Ultimately, though, human beings are the decisive factor. Human beings! Human beings!'' (New York Times, 1990, p. 36).