FBI releases intelligence interviewing BAA
On March 28, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) released the Advancing the Research and Practice of Intelligence Interviewing and Interrogation broad agency announcement (BAA). Responses are due by 3:00 p.m. Central on May 8.
The purpose of this BAA is to provide for the competitive selection of research proposals for social and behavioral science research to deepen our understanding of the complex social and behavioral processes underpinning intelligence interviewing and interrogation.
The mission of the HIG is to deploy the nation’s best available interrogation resources against detainees identified as having potential information regarding terrorist attacks against the United States and its allies. The HIG brings together an experienced team of professionals and subject matter experts from various Government agencies and an international and an interdisciplinary team of researchers, in the field of interrogation practices and techniques.
In order to accomplish its operational mission, the HIG research mandate is to study and evaluate whether the interrogation practices and techniques in Army Field Manual 2-22.3, when employed by departments and agencies outside the military, “provide an appropriate means of acquiring the intelligence necessary to protect the Nation and, if warranted, to recommend any additional or different guidance for other departments or agencies” (Executive Order 13491). The HIG Research Program serves as the locus for advancing the science and practice of interrogation within the United States government.
The HIG Research Program is the premier provider and trusted source for the state of the art and science of interrogation. The HIG supports research and development of an effective, science-based model of interrogation. To this end, the HIG Research Program commissions basic and applied science and field validation/effectiveness studies to rigorously examine current and new approaches to interrogation. The program incorporates new insights and methods based on rigorous science to ensure practitioners are equipped with knowledge from the behavioral and social sciences that will make them better interrogators, interviewers and debriefers.
The core goal of the HIG Research program is to develop science-based and effective methods of intelligence interviewing and interrogation that are both legally and ethically sound.
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