FORCES Initiative: Strategy, Security, and Social Systems

FORCES (4S) - Strategy, Security and Social Systems Initiative promotes research and instruction to improve decision-making in present and future global leaders. The initiative supports the use of social scientific research in strategy and security activities to shape long-range and global military, political, and organizational decision-making for a just, stable, and secure world. Housed in Purdue University’s College of Liberal Arts and created in collaboration with Discovery Park and the Institute for Global Defense Innovation, the FORCES Initiative:

  • Connects faculty and graduate student scholars and researchers with funding opportunities to pursue projects and grants in strategy, security, and social systems;
  • Partners with current strategy and security military, academic, and civilian programs at Purdue to share expertise and build productive inter- and intra-disciplinary collaborations, and;
  • Educates and builds capacity within Purdue’s student body through strategy and technology courses and an engaging speaker series.

The initiative aligns with Purdue University’s strategic goal to establish ties with the national defense ecosystem and shape national and international strategic and security debates.

FORCES Initiative currently engages in (1) A speaker series across the 2019/2020 academic year, (2) An undergraduate/graduate course Technology, War, and Strategy, (3) Promotion of funding opportunities for advancing research and learning in the areas of strategy, security, and social systems, and (4) Creation of strategic, interdisciplinary partnerships around strategy, security, and social systems research, scholarship and instruction.


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