Army Research Institute (ARI) for Behavioral and Social Sciences


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6000 6th Street
Fort Belvoir, VA 22060-5610
United States




One of the lead research institutes for training, leader development, soldier research and development. Handles survey research and occupational analysis. The U.S. Army Research Institute for Behavioral and Social Sciences (ARI) provides the Army with technical expertise and analytical support, along with decision making techniques for soldiers and leaders. ARI keeps track of information on soldier and leader attitudes and concerns. The employees range from research psychologists, to those with a Ph.D., military officers, and graduate students acting as research assistants.

In addition to our professional skills, experience, and storehouse of data, ARI provides the Army with:
  • Technical expertise and analytical support at all levels of the ArmyQuick-response capability when specific problems arise
  • Insights into the impact of policy/program changes on soldiers and leaders
  • Timely information on soldier and leader attitudes and concerns so senior leaders can keep their finger on the pulse of the operational Army


The mission of the Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences is to enhance individual and group performance along with group decision making and individual decision making. Advances in the behavioral and social sciences are being made to meet Army operational requirements. ARI is the primary research institute for conducting research and analysis on personnel performance and training. The research contributes to recruiting, selection, assignment, training, mission performance, and situation awareness. Technical assistance is provided for the organization, the people, and the technologies for the future affecting all parts of the Army. Quality people, leader development, and training are the Army's Imperatives that ARI's programs support.

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