The central mission of the Department of Social Sciences is to educate and inspire cadets so that they fulfill their duties as future Army officers in exemplary fashion. The department seeks to accomplish this mission by maintaining a superior faculty who act as role models, stimulate critical thinking, and motivate cadets to continue to study in the social sciences.
Faculty research strengthens and enhances the ability of our faculty to support the primary mission of the department. Scholarly research and policy analysis enables our faculty to follow and influence important trends in our disciplines; contribute to important debates over public policy; develop our bonds with other educational and government institutions; provide opportunities for cadet research; and stimulate the intellectual excitement within our community that is the foundation of a successful academic environment.
Research projects in the Department of Social Sciences reflect the broad range of interests and academic training of our faculty. Whenever possible we seek peer review of our research through a number of formats including: presentations at conferences, universities, research centers, and government agencies; and publications in academic journals, edited volumes, and single- and multi-authored books; and faculty colloquia.
The annual Senior Conference, held at West Point each June and attended by more than fifty senior scholars and public officials, generates important themes and opportunities for department research. The department develops other research and project areas in coordination with the Army Staff, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, SHAPE headquarters, the Army Materiel Command, the Office of Homeland Security, the Marshall Center, and other government agencies and research centers engaged in national security studies. The Office of Economic and Manpower Analysis (OEMA), a subordinate office in the Department of Social Sciences, maintains an extensive personnel database for the Army and serves as a focal point for research on defense economics and manpower issues. The Combating Terrorism Center at West Point, created in early 2003, is another important component of the department, producing important studies and outreach programs. Each of these sources of support and interaction enriches the intellectual environment of the Department and provides vital assistance to the Army.