Policy and Analysis Consulting
We provide a variety of consulting capabilities to defense and intelligence customers including defense analysis, wargaming and simulations, cultural assessments and analysis, homeland security and national security strategy.
Adaptive Defense Analysis & Planning
The international security environment must be equipped to meet the challenges of an adaptive global network of radical jihadists, the proliferation of advanced technologies, the fracturing of critical states in regions of instability and the evolution of effective non-technical, disruptive methods of insurgency and asymmetric warfare.
Our Adaptive Defense Analysis and Planning Team (ADAPT) brings a rich portfolio of knowledge and expertise to the field of international security and defense consulting. With extensive experience in conducting "Red Teams," as well as supporting joint experiments, wargames, and advanced technology demonstrations, we offer innovative solutions to understanding the 21st century adversary.
ADAPT has been a key participant in the central debates about the future of warfare and the future of defense policy for many years. The team has supported the 2006 Quadrennial Defense Review and assisted the Office of the Secretary of Defense in the development of a new generation of defense planning scenarios. Through strategic warning methods improvement or force planning and risk management innovation, SAIC's ADAPT team continues to contribute important new ideas and robust analytical insights to the national security decision-making leadership.
SAIC provides expertise in designing, executing, and analyzing wargames. The technique of seminar wargaming can be applied to a broad range of problems, providing an excellent venue for experts to engage each other in an exchange of ideas.
SAIC has the expertise to customize the design of each wargame to the client's specific objectives. Innovative briefings, concepts, game materials, analytic reports and multimedia game products are specifically created to accomplish our client's wargaming goals.
For instance, SAIC created a wargame to apply social network analysis to terrorist groups. SAIC created a hypothetical terrorist network, complete with fictional agents with background histories and relationships. Applying the results of social network analysis, wargame participants could decide how best to collect intelligence, disrupt, and ultimately shut down the network.
From multiday events with hundreds of participants to small one-day games, SAIC can scale a wargame to meet our client's needs. SAIC provides team facilitators, analysts, control cells, subject matter experts, and senior mentors. Insights and understanding gained from the wargame are compiled and assessed to produce an expertly written final report.
East Asia Studies Center
The East Asia Studies Center provides customers with in-depth, time-sensitive expertise on one of the world's most dynamic regions. Through continual monitoring of economic, military, and political developments, the center provides penetrating insights on issues of concern to national security policymakers and investors seeking new business opportunities.
In addition to in-house expertise, the center maintains the daily ability to consult with individuals and organizations representing a broad swath of concerns and interests in the Pacific region. These outside analysts help craft finished products and are available for on-site consultation and speaking engagements as required.
The center specializes in tailoring products to customer requirements, both commercial and government, and can support classified and unclassified requirements. We can provide analyst mediation, background papers, conference presentations, database inputs, research findings, wargame expertise and facilitation, and white paper development.
Cultural Assessments & Analysis
The Cultural Research program is designed to assist government clients in acquiring the cultural intelligence and contextual knowledge needed to design and execute successful programs, operations, and communication strategies in diverse areas around the world.
Using a social constructivist approach, we view cultural identity as a dynamic construct, formed through reiterative social interaction. The program uses historical, sociological, and ethnographic research methods and a wide variety of data sources. These methods include interviews with subject matter experts from the academic, policy, and government arenas, as well as ethnographic interviews and focus groups of cultural group participants. Primary and secondary research is used to identify the meaningful cultural elements in a society, including the most salient identities, the seminal events in a cultural group's collective experience, and a group's key narratives and world view.
Based on our research, we develop products that can answer questions such as how a specific cultural group ascribes meaning to operationally significant concepts such as the nation-state, authority, legitimacy, religion, security, and warfare. This research is used to produce a wide variety of tools for clients such as culture "smart cards," cultural field guides, military culture guides, cultural intelligence studies, and analytic documentaries using video ethnography. In addition, we offer such services as training and methodological consulting, and provide guidance on norms, customs and behavior for those interacting with local populations.
Homeland Security Consulting
SAIC is an expert in studying terrorist groups and the threats they may pose to the United States and our interests overseas and has conducted in-depth analyses for a number of government clients. We have close contacts with the military and civilian agencies charged with protecting the security of the U.S. homeland.
Our homeland security consulting focuses on defining the range of possible threats (including biological, chemical, nuclear, and cyber), developing government counterterrorism initiatives and exploring new capabilities that can help local first responders deal with terrorist incidents. We support a number of homeland security program efforts including
- defining emergency responders' technology requirements
- analyzing the interaction of friendly and enemy forces in specific aspects of the terrorist - counterterrorist competition
- supporting critical infrastructure protection planning
- advising government decision-makers with responsibility for homeland security on how to plan their research and development efforts.
National Security Strategy
SAIC addresses security strategy by analyzing and designing how best to obtain security goals by applying existing resources and capabilities, and how to develop new military capabilities to better achieve security. Our bias is toward identifying and evaluating changes in world affairs that affect U.S. security goals and altering the capabilities, structure, organization, and operational approaches of our military forces to account for, influence, and adjust to the changes. As such, we adopt the analytic approaches and assumptions of force transformation.
We have developed particular expertise in such areas as nuclear strategy, deterrence, irregular warfare, and disruptive challenges. We maintain skills in and knowledge of human cognition, network-centric theory, organizational behavior and military history. Those in the office focusing on security strategy generally have had military experience and/or served in governmental policy or analytic positions in the Department of Defense, National Security Council, Department of State or Department of Homeland Security.
Our policy and analysis practice was founded as Hicks & Associates in 1986 by Donald A. Hicks, former Under Secretary of Defense for Research & Engineering. In 1991, Hicks & Associates became a part of SAIC.