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DOE NNSA HSPP Customer Survey Report Summary

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Human Subjects Protection Program (HSPP) distributed a customer survey to IRB representatives to gather input on the DOE/NNSA HSPP. This survey will be used to evaluate and improve the Human Subjects Protection Program. This a summary of the results.

Open Source Data

It’s Only Open Source….

Presentation by Kathy Ertell
Pacific Northwest Laboratory
December 2012

De-identified Data

Classified Research

Best Practices for Reviewing Classified Human Subject Research at DOE Sites
Paper by Terry Reser, Sandia National Laboratories, and Sherry Davis, Pacific Northwest National Laboratories
November 7, 2012

Best Practices: Reviewing Classified Human Subject Research at DOE Sites
Presentation by Terry Reser, Sandia National Laboratories, and Sherry Davis, Pacific Northwest National Laboratories
November 13, 2009

Human Terrain Mapping

HTM Requirements

DOE Memorandum: Engagement of DOE Laboratories and Facilities in Military- or Intelligence-Related Human Subjects Research
February 18, 2010

DOE Memorandum: Military or Intelligence-Related Human Subject Research
December 9, 2009

DOE Memorandum: Human Terrain Mapping
December 8, 2008

OFFICE OF SCIENCE HTM POLICY MEMORANDUM. Guidance letter from DOE Office of Science (OS) providing direction to DOE regarding the treatment of intelligence-related human subjects research at OS laboratories.

NNSA HTM POLICY MEMORANDUM. Guidance letter from NNSA Administrator providing direction to the NNSA for NNSA National Laboratories regarding current or planned research involving human subjects, including Human Terrain Mapping (HTM) and similar activities with military applications.

HTM SECRETARY OF ENERGY TRANSMITTAL LETTER. Draft letter for the DOE Secretary to approve the proposed policy for HTM research and to distribute the proposed memo to the DOE Under Secretaries for implementation.

HTM Tools

Determination of HTM Project and Path Forward

Human Terrain Mapping or Not Human Terrain Mapping?
Question to take in consideration when conducting Human Terrain Mapping work. Revised May 2012

Human Terrain Mapping Data Review Process
The HTM Data Review process has been developed to help the PI and the IRBs assure that datasets received by the investigator have been de-identified to the extent practicable while still allowing the PI to complete his/her work. The IRBs will provide oversight for the management and handling of HTM datasets, and will follow-up with the PI periodically. Revised May 2012

A Tool to Decipher the Limits on PI Involvement in HTM Research
The limits for institutions engaging in HTM are pretty clear cut: analysis and modeling of de-identified data only [see DOE O 443.1B].  But just where to draw that line for PIs is pretty fuzzy They can’t participate in actual data collection, or have any direct interaction or intervention with subjects, but current technology makes them far less removed than you might think.  So, what exactly can PIs do remotely?.  This tool is intended to help clarify the line between what’s acceptable and what it not.  This is designed as a group exercise, to be followed by a discussion of the choices made.  It is not a guidance document or an answer sheet.

DOE Involvement

Human Social and Cultural Behavior (HSCB)

Sociocultural Behavior Research and Engineering In the DOD Context
U.S. Department of Defense
September 2011

2012 International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics (AHFE)
San Francisco, California
July 21-25, 2012

Human Social Culture Behavior Modeling Program Newsletter
Issue No. 6, Summer 2010

  • Introduction and Welcome to the HSCB Program
  • Social Radar
  • A Non-Bayesian Approach to Evidence-Driven Hypothesis Analysis and the Topological Hypothesis Analysis Tool (topHAT®)
  • Instant Data, Just Add Dictionaries: Political Analysis using Automated Event Data and Sentiment Coding
  • Statistical Analysis, Surveys, and Categorical Data
  • Predicting Adversary Behaviors
  • SBIR
  • Events—What’s Happening Next and When

Human Social Culture Behavior Modeling Program Newsletter
Issue No. 5, Spring 2010

  • Introduction and Welcome to the HSCB Program
  • HSCB Program of Record
  • Accelerate Delivery of Technical Capabilities to Win the Current Fight
  • International Conference on Cross-Cultural Decision Making
  • DoD-Wide Programs
  • HSCB Hard Research Challenges
  • Events—What’s Happening Next and When, June-October 2010

Human Social Culture Behavior Modeling Program Newsletter
Issue No. 4, Winter 2010

  • Introduction and Welcome to the HSCB Program
  • HSCB Phase One and Two Summary
  • A Workshop on Cultural Training and Education (Developing Intercultural Adaptability in the Warfighter, Nov. 4-5, 2009, Orlando, FL)
  • Workshop Breakout Sessions
  • Events—What’s Happening Next and When, March-July 2010

Human Social Culture Behavior Modeling Program Newsletter
Overview of the Human Social Culture Behavior Modeling Conference
HSCB Focus 2010
August 5-7, 2009
Chantilly, Virginia

Human Terrain Team Handbook
U.S. Army Human Terrain System – September 2008
Human Terrain Teams (HTTs) are five- to nine-person teams deployed by the Human Terrain System (HTS) to support field commanders by filling their cultural knowledge gap in the current operating environment and providing cultural interpretations of events occurring within their area of operations. This downloadable Human Terrain Mapping (HTM) handbook is good reference material, and the website has a graphic that nicely depicts the components (and difficulties) of HTM.

HTM Articles

NPR Radio News: Marines Tap Social Sciences in Afghan War Effort
April 5, 2010

This NPR story examines the opposing views of the American Anthropological Association and the Department of Defense concerning the Human Terrain System project.

Knowing the Enemy, One Avatar at a Time
Boston Globe – 30 May 2010
This article describes HTM computer models of Afghan villages and people. The article also mentions DOE/LANL, and has a bit of a negative spin on DOE’s perspective.

U.S. Army Human Terrain System Smoke & Mirrors: Whistleblower Framed? Abu Ghraib Lite?
John Stanton – 5 May 2010
Interesting article; cites the DOE Human Subjects Protection Resource Book; alludes to the notion that DoD may set up its own IRB for Human Terrain System.

Assessing the Effectiveness of the Iraqi Scientist Engagement Program
Presentation by Ann-Marie B. Dake, John P. Knezovich, and William E. Nebo, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Department of Energy
Human Subjects Working Group Meeting
November 13, 2009

The U.S. Army
Professional Writing Collection
Featured Article
Anthropology and Counterinsurgency: The Strange Story of their Curious Relationship

Washington Post Magazine, August 30, 2009
Rough Terrain
Under an experimental program in Afghanistan, teams of anthropologists and social scientists are working alongside soldiers to help win the war by winning over the Afghan people. It may seem like a brilliant idea. But in this battle, nothing is as it seems.

Understanding Human Dynamics – Defense Science Board – March 2009
Understanding human dynamics is an essential aspect of planning for success across the full spectrum of military and national security operations. While the adage that “warfare is political conflict by other means” is widely recognized, combatants who underestimate the impact of the human element in military operations do so at their risk. During the Second World War and the reconstruction that followed, as well as during the Cold War, understanding human dynamics was considered essential.

As conceptualized in this report, the term “human dynamics” comprises the actions and interactions of personal, interpersonal, and social/contextual factors and their effects on behavioral outcomes. Human dynamics are influenced by factors such as economics, religion, politics, and culture. Culture is defined herein as the particular norms and beliefs held by every human, that impacts how individuals, groups and societies perceive, behave and interact.


Human Social Culture Behavior (HSCB) Modeling Program
Focus 2010 Conference
August 5-7, 2009
Chantilly, VA

The purpose of the conference is showcase DoD-wide work in the general HSCB modeling area and to engage the Office of Security Defense (OSD) HSCB modeling program personnel as well as leading scientific and technical experts working in HSCB related fields in a technical exchange that will shape the future of the OSD HSCB Modeling Program and help inform DoD-wide in their efforts in these areas.

The personnel from OSD Modeling Program, representatives from both DoD and other Government agencies attended and showcased their programs in the HSCB area. Other agency representation included: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Office of Naval Research, Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office, Defense Threat Reduction Agency, Joint Improvised Explosive Device Organization, Department of State, Department of Energy, Department of Homeland Security, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the National Science Foundation.

DOE Memorandum: Intelligence-Related Human Subjects Research at Office of Science Laboratories
January 15, 2009

Laboratory PII Standard Operating Procedures

Coming soon

Content reviewed: January 30, 2013