CAPABILITIES - UNDERSTAND
Capabilities to support thorough perception and comprehension, grounded in social and behavioral science, of the sociocultural features and dynamics in an operational environment.
The cycle begins with the need to frame the sociocultural structure and dynamics of behavior in a given operational context. To understand at this level means bringing sociocultural theory and concepts to bear to identify the sociocultural features of the terrain that are important to monitor. Understanding is not a single event, and users may constantly need to adapt the initially-applied theories, concepts, and consequent features based on the results of detecting, forecasting, and mitigation. This then initiates a new cycle. This step spans all levels - tactical, operational, and strategic. It requires applied social and behavioral science theory, access to baseline sociocultural data for any given region, descriptive models, and linguistic and sociocultural training.