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Announcing
the Minerva Research for Defense Education Faculty (R-DEF) program!


Learn more here.


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2014 Minerva Meeting and Program Review

The 2014 Minerva Meeting will take place in the Washington, DC area on September 10-11. Once again this event will convene grant awardees, senior and action level DoD personnel, and other distinguished representatives from national security communities of interest to freely discuss ongoing research and issues of interest to national security strategists. Tentative details are posted here.

Research, data, & Tools

What is Minerva?

Just as our military forces could not effectively operate without understanding the physical terrain and environment, detection of radical actors and regime disruptions is limited by our understanding of the cultural and political environments where those threats develop. The Minerva Research Initiative, initiated by former Secretary Gates in 2008, seeks to build deeper understanding of the social, cultural, and political dynamics that shape regions of strategic interest around the world.

Deeper understanding of global populations and their variance as provided by Minerva-funded research will yield more effective strategic and operational policy decisions. Minerva scholars have already briefed valuable, warfighter-relevant insights to senior officials such as the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, decision makers in the defense policy community, and on the ground to our combatant commands.

As the nascent program continues to grow, university-driven Minerva research will further enable critical social and cultural understanding to help decision makers effectively address today's known and tomorrow's unknown challenges.

Learn more about the objectives and history of the Minerva program.

For additional information regarding the Minerva Initiative, email us.