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JSOU Geopolitical Mapping & Social Network Analytics Assessment Event (AE)

Updated: Aug 16

Submit NLT 03/17/2023 at 11:59 AM EST

SOFWERX, in collaboration with USSOCOM and the Joint Special Operations University (JSOU), will host an Assessment Event (AE) to find solutions for a Geographic Information System (GIS) generated Geopolitical Toolkit and associated Social Network Analysis.


SOF professionals require a GIS-generated tool that allows them to graphically layer the work of prominent geopolitical theorists and the underlying currents of compound security threats (economic imbalance; governance and human security imbalance; dynamics of the region, sect, and ethnicity; changes in demography; resource and environmental scarcities; border and boundary artificiality). This tool will better equip SOF to predict geopolitical flashpoints and understand the contributing conditions. Relatedly, SOF professionals require a social network analysis of these geopolitical flashpoints, enabling them to visualize the relationships between various stakeholders and plan more effective interventions.

USSOCOM hopes to find solutions for a GIS-generated Geopolitical Toolkit (or atlas) and social network analysis to help SOF professionals assess and visualize where geopolitical flashpoints might emerge. The aim is a single operating picture that combines the GIS-generated Geopolitical Toolkit, leveraging data analytics to construct network models that inform SOF interventions.


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