Applying Scientific Understanding to Global and Political Environments May Improve Strategic And Policy Decisions
Just as U.S. naval forces could not effectively operate without understanding the marine environment, detection of radical actors and regime disruptions is limited by understanding of the cultural and political environments where those threats develop, according to Dr. Erin Fitzgerald, a Potomac Institute on assignment with the Office of Naval Research, currently working with the Minerva Program at OSD.
Named “Minerva” by then-SECDEF Robert Gates in 2008, Minerva was created with the belief that deeper understanding of global populations and their variance will yield more effective strategic and operational policy decisions.
The Potomac Institute, like Minerva, aims to bring the best scientific understanding of DoD-relevant phenomena to light and then help translate it into effective national policy to secure the Nation, according to Fitzgerald. The four PIPS academic centers – looking at neuroscience, terrorism, cyber security, and future revolutionary breakthroughs – all share goals with the Minerva program.