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Want to do Research on Cultural Studies for the Department of Defense?

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The Homeland Defense and Security Information Analysis Center (HDIAC) is a Department of Defense sponsored organization through the Defense Technical Information Center. HDIAC is one of three Information Analysis Centers (IAC). The IACs are responsible for acquiring, analyzing, and disseminating relevant scientific and technical information in support of the DoD and U.S. government research and development activities.

HDIAC’s mission is to be the go-to Research & Development (R&D), Science & Technology (S&T), and Research,Development, Test, and Evaluation (RDT&E) leader within the Homeland Defense and Security community by providing the DoD and Communities of Interest (CoI)/Communities of Practice (CoP):

  • Timely, accurate, and authoritative scientific and technical information and analysis
  • Professionally developed technical journals, Tech Talks, webinars, and other products that expand scientific and technical innovation awareness
  • A bridge that spans the technology gap across government/academia/industry, lessening or eliminating expensive, redundant scientific expenditures
  • New and emerging technologies that seamlessly integrate into the larger DoD innovation strategy, mission, and operation(s)

HDIAC provides information, analysis and collaboration and also establishes, provides and maintains extensive Scientific and Technical Information (STI) from DoD organizations, approved contractors and federal, state and local government. HDIAC covers many topics, including cultural studies.

Understanding ideology and social, political and economic nature of other cultures and people.

Cultural Studies for the HDIAC may include cultural and sociological analysis research into the ideology, political and economic nature of a culture in order to better understand its people and government for national security purposes. The scope of this contract is focused on the research and analysis of this subject matter area. Examples of topics that fall within the general scope of Cultural Studies (this list is not all-inclusive) are shown below:

  • Cultural anthropology (for example, collecting data about the impact of global, economical and political processes on local cultural realities) ; cultural diplomacy (for example, initiation or facilitation of information exchange with an aim to yielding a long-term benefit and build relationships and enhancing socio-cultural understanding); public diplomacy (for example, communication with foreign publics to establish a dialogue designed to inform and influence); strategic communication (for example, communicating directly and clearly with regard to the operations, structures and processes of the DoD); study of terrorism and responses to terrorism; research on individual and group behavior, quantitative techniques to describe and understand social and economic systems, graph theory and network analysis to model social networks and complex system behaviors; socio-cultural computing; human adaptation and response to perturbations (e.g., climate change, mass migration, war); interactions between human and natural systems; technologies to enable/enhance language learning; theology/ comparative religions; and military information support operations (formerly referred to as “psychological warfare and operations”)


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