Comprehensive Analysis of Military Offenders (CAMO)

Grant Winners

  • Vincent Van Hasselt, PhD – Center for Psychological Studies
  • Andrea M. Brockman, MS – Center for Psychological Studies

Dean

  • Karen Grosby M.Ed. – Center for Psychological Studies

Abstract

Award Winners

The rate of military interpersonal violence (MIV) is increasing posing a threat to military infrastructure, service men and women, private citizens, and law enforcement officers. The Comprehensive Analysis of Military Offenders (CAMO) will be conducted in cooperation with governmental, academic, and other stakeholders on MIV. CAMO will build a platform between military investigative analysis, academic theoretical support, and behavioral perspectives by empirically examining military offender motivations. Understanding the motivations of military offenders will be achieved via analyses of military offender interview and personality protocols, as well as other relevant information for the purpose of preventing, mitigating, and defeating aspects of MIV through the development of behaviorally-based, intelligence-driven ìtoolsî for improving training, operations, and resources. The objectives of the research project are to: 1) conduct interviews of military offenders to elicit their values, beliefs, paradigms; 2) determine their motivations for committing acts of interpersonal violence; and 3) use the resulting data to develop theoretical constructs designed to improve mitigation and prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery measures relating to acts of interpersonal violence that enhance and exceed current practices. Results of the analysis will be applied toward the development and enhancement of education and training of individuals and agencies involved in military violence incidents. It is anticipated that this research project will; (1) bridge an existing gap between military investigative analysis, academic theoretical support, and behavioral perspectives, and (2) inform existing theoretical and practical frameworks of MIV as postulated approaches to effectively address this type of crime in the military.