This program, costing millions of dollars, has been designed for the purposes of immediate and long-term “warfighter-relevant insights” development. The Pentagon explains that the purpose is for senior officials and decision makers in “the defense policy community” to form a contingency plan in the event of wide scale social unrest. 

The recently revealed documents add that the purpose is further to inform policy implemented by “combatant commands.” This all started back in 2008 when the global banking crisis formed the impetus for the DoD “Minerva Research Initiative“. The DoD then decided to partner with universities in order “to improve DoD’s basic understanding of the social, cultural, behavioral, and political forces that shape regions of the world of strategic importance to the US.” FULL REPORT