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Warfighter Effectiveness Research Center

Started in 2013, the Warfighter Effectiveness Research Center (WERC) is the research arm of the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership, facilitating faculty and cadet research that enhance warfighter effectiveness.

The WERC conducts a wide range of research and design projects for operational customers including special operations forces, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, and Air Force Research Laboratory. These projects are based in the behavioral sciences and connect to a wide range of disciplines and collaborators across government labs, academia, industry, and military operators in order to generate the most innovative and effective solutions.

  • Socio-cultural, psychological, organizational, and clinical perspectives towards enhancing Respect for Human Dignity (e.g., diversity & inclusiveness, sexual assault prevention, healthy relationships training)
  • Evidence-based research methods in leadership development
  • Responsiveness to operational and policy needs
  • Trans-disciplinary approach to the research and design more effective human-machine teams.
  • Human subjects research
  • Developing cadet critical thinking and scientific reasoning through educational innovation in research projects that matter beyond the classroom
  • Human-machine teaming
  • Social implications for Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPAs)
  • Concussion research
  • Respect for human dignity
  • Evidence-based leadership
Warfighter Effectiveness Research Center

Maj Chad Tossell
(719) 333-3132