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Suggested Citation:"Front Matter." National Research Council. 2012. Human Performance Modification: Review of Worldwide Research with a View to the Future. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/13480.
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Human Performance Modification

Review of Worldwide Research with a View to the Future

Committee on Assessing Foreign Technology Development in
Human Performance Modification

Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences

Board on Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Sciences
Division on Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education

NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL

               OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES

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Suggested Citation:"Front Matter." National Research Council. 2012. Human Performance Modification: Review of Worldwide Research with a View to the Future. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/13480.
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Suggested Citation:"Front Matter." National Research Council. 2012. Human Performance Modification: Review of Worldwide Research with a View to the Future. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/13480.
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Suggested Citation:"Front Matter." National Research Council. 2012. Human Performance Modification: Review of Worldwide Research with a View to the Future. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/13480.
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COMMITTEE ON ASSESSING FOREIGN TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT IN HUMAN PERFORMANCE MODIFICATION

HENDRICK W. RUCK, Chair, Human Performance Consulting Group, LLC

JULIE J.C.H. RYAN, Vice Chair, George Washington University

ALICE M. AGOGINO (NAE), University of California, Berkeley

DEBRA AUGUSTE, Harvard University

STEVEN G. BOXER (NAS), Stanford University

CHRISTOPER C. GREEN, Wayne State University

HENDRIK F. HAMANN, IBM Research

JAMES C. MILLER, Miller Ergonomics

JOANNA MIRECKI MILLUNCHICK, University of Michigan

DONALD NORMAN (NAE), Nielsen Norman Group

LAURIE ZOLOTH, Northwestern University

Staff

DANIEL E.J. TALMAGE, JR., Study Director

CHERIE CHAUVIN, Senior Program Officer

GREGORY EYRING, Senior Program Officer

SARAH CAPOTE, Research Associate

ZEIDA PATMON, Program Associate

Suggested Citation:"Front Matter." National Research Council. 2012. Human Performance Modification: Review of Worldwide Research with a View to the Future. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/13480.
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Preface

In fall 2011, the U.S. Army asked the National Research Council to convene a committee to explore the development of capabilities in human performance modification, to review the state of research and identify key players in promising areas of research, and to focus on potential developments that are likely in the next 15 to 25 years.

The Committee on Assessing Foreign Technology Development in Human Performance Modification (see Appendix A) performed a detailed review of available reference material and received briefings from experts in the field, including international researchers (see Appendix B). Preliminary research was conducted by staff from September 2011 to January 2012. The first committee meeting was held on January 19-20, 2012, and the last of three meetings was on March 29-30, 2012 (see Appendix B). The committee compiled draft reports between the last meeting and April 2012, and the report was completed during fall 2012. This report describes fields of current research that the committee found to be most active.

We express our appreciation to the members of the committee for their diligence and dedication in contributing to the study and to the preparation of this report, to the U.S. Army for its sponsorship of the study, and to National Research Council staff members Terry Jaggers, Daniel Talmage, Cherie Chauvin, Sarah Capote, Greg Eyring, and Zeida Patmon for their efforts on behalf of the study.

Hendrick W. Ruck, Chair

Julie J.C.H. Ryan, Vice Chair

Committee on Assessing Foreign Technology Development in Human Performance Modification

Suggested Citation:"Front Matter." National Research Council. 2012. Human Performance Modification: Review of Worldwide Research with a View to the Future. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/13480.
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Acknowledgment of Reviewers

This report has been reviewed in draft form by individuals chosen for their diverse perspectives and technical expertise, in accordance with procedures approved by the National Research Council’s (NRC’s) Report Review Committee. The purpose of this independent review is to provide candid and critical comments that will assist the institution in making its published report as sound as possible and to ensure that the report meets institutional standards for objectivity, evidence, and responsiveness to the study charge. The review comments and draft manuscript remain confidential to protect the integrity of the deliberative process. We wish to thank the following individuals for their review of this report:

Andrew Brown, NAE, Delphi Corporation,

Don Chaffin, NAE, University of Michigan,

Stephen W. Drew, NAE, Drew Solutions,

Mica Endsley, SA Technologies,

Gary Grest, NAE, Sandia National Laboratories,

Douglas Harris, Anacapa Sciences,

Ian McCulloh, U.S. Army,

Martin Moore-Ede, Circadian,

Jonathan Moreno, IOM, University of Pennsylvania Health System, and

Michael Posner, NAS/IOM, University of Oregon.

Although the reviewers listed above have provided many constructive comments and suggestions, they were not asked to endorse the conclusions or recommendations nor did they see the final draft of the report before its release. The review of this report was overseen by Judith L. Swain (IOM), National University of Singapore, who was appointed by the NRC to make certain that an independent review of this report was carried out in accordance with institutional procedures and that all review comments were carefully considered. Responsibility for the final content of this report rests entirely with the authoring committee and the institution.

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The development of technologies to modify natural human physical and cognitive performance is one of increasing interest and concern, especially among military services that may be called on to defeat foreign powers with enhanced warfighter capabilities. Human performance modification (HPM) is a general term that can encompass actions ranging from the use of "natural" materials, such as caffeine or khat as a stimulant, to the application of nanotechnology as a drug delivery mechanism or in an invasive brain implant. Although the literature on HPM typically addresses methods that enhance performance, another possible focus is methods that degrade performance or negatively affect a military force's ability to fight.

Advances in medicine, biology, electronics, and computation have enabled an increasingly sophisticated ability to modify the human body, and such innovations will undoubtedly be adopted by military forces, with potential consequences for both sides of the battle lines. Although some innovations may be developed for purely military applications, they are increasingly unlikely to remain exclusively in that sphere because of the globalization and internationalization of the commercial research base.

Based on its review of the literature, the presentations it received and on its own expertise, the Committee on Assessing Foreign Technology Development in Human Performance Modification chose to focus on three general areas of HPM: human cognitive modification as a computational problem, human performance modification as a biological problem, and human performance modification as a function of the brain-computer interface. Human Performance Modification: Review of Worldwide Research with a View to the Future summarizes these findings.

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