APA’s Science GRO works to defeat harmful amendment on House defense bill

Rep. John Campbell (R-CA) introduced an amendment that would have terminated the Department of Defense (DoD) Human, Social, and Culture Behavior Modeling program
APA’s Science GRO issued an urgent email action alert on May 25 to all House of Representatives legislative directors, military liaisons and science staffers regarding an amendment attached to the must-pass Fiscal Year 2012 defense authorization bill (H.R. 1540). Rep. John Campbell (R-CA) introduced an amendment that would have terminated the Department of Defense (DoD) Human, Social, and Culture Behavior Modeling program as of October 1, 2011. APA’s Science GRO asked House staffers to recommend that their Members of Congress vote “NO” on the Campbell amendment, arguing that terminating an entire DoD research program via amendment without detailed scientific and policy review was not an effective form of Congressional oversight. The Human, Social, and Culture Behavior Modeling program plays a vital role in providing U.S. military forces with technologies, tools, and methods to understand and interact with the human terrain. Although the defense authorization bill passed the House on May 26, the Campbell amendment had already been defeated following floor debate by an overwhelming number of both Republicans and Democrats. Campbell has introduced amendments in the past to defund NSF grantees, including psychologist Hillary Anger Elfenbein, who will testify at a June hearing convened by the House Science research and science education subcommittee.