Guest Editors: Paul K Davis , and Angela O’Mahony
For some years, US defense officials have admonished the modeling and simulation (M&S) community to go beyond modeling military “kinetics” to address complex challenges with labels such as stabilization, irregular warfare, counterterrorism, counterinsurgency, hybrid warfare, and the many shades of deterrence. Modeling such challenges must draw on the social and behavioral sciences, which are famously “harder” than the hard sciences. This Special Issue of JDMS includes seven papers that suggest some of the breadth of additional methods that can be brought to bear in security-related modeling, simulation, and analysis (MS&A), but that are not yet widely familiar. This issue provides a novel approach to modelling, highlighting the rare occurrence of a cross over between Engineering and Humanities and Social Sciences.