Minerva at West Point Chairs Program
The Minerva Initiative is a Department of Defense (DoD)-sponsored, university-based social science research initiative launched by the Secretary of Defense in 2008 focusing on areas of strategic importance to U.S. national security policy. http://minerva.dtic.mil/index.html.
The Minerva Chairs program funds endowed faculty chairs at DoD academic institutions and was created in 2010 with a two-part goal:
- To build DoD in-house expertise in the social sciences at the strategic level across the Services and within the Department.
- To enhance connectivity between defense educational institutions and the civilian university-based social science research community.
The United States Military Academy has been awarded two Minerva Chairs from the Office of the Secretary of Defense. The two research projects are housed within two of USMA's Departments. They are titled “Social, Spatial and Cultural Topologies of African Villages” in the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering and "Understanding the Differences in the Islamic Ideology and in Asian Cultures" in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership. Both projects address the Minerva topic “New Approaches to Understanding Dimensions of National Security, Conflict, and Cooperation” and is supported through the Network Science Center (NSC).