Human Systems




Recent and on-going conflicts have revealed the need to balance the technological focus of warfare with the human dimension of armed conflict. The effective operation of our forces depends on understanding human systems across multiple domains, including decision support, threat assessment, and socio-cultural analysis to understand human and population reactions and dynamics.


By enhancing our understanding of the characteristics that define and shape human performance at the individual and collective levels, we have the opportunity to improve our military readiness and gain efficiencies in synergistic operations between humans and networked systems.

The Department's involvement in human systems research is focused on four key areas:

  • Personnel and training,
  • Systems interfaces,
  • Protection and sustainment, and
  • Socio-cultural modeling.

In each of these areas, technologies that support human systems understanding can result in operational advantages for the U.S. military.

S&T Emphasis Area Resources

Joint Service/Industry Online
Human Systems Technology Interchange

Posted 11/09/2012

Human Systems Overview
Posted 01/31/2013







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