The Human Terrain System: Operationally Relevant Social Science Research In Iraq And Afghanistan

The Human Terrain System: Operationally Relevant Social Science Research In Iraq And Afghanistan
Title:
The Human Terrain System: Operationally Relevant Social Science Research In Iraq And Afghanistan
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Paperback
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GPO Stock Number:
008-000-01182-6
ISBN:
9781584877172
Description

Integrating Social Scientists at the Brigade Level in Iraq and Afghanistan - The Controversy

The Human Terrain System embedded civilians primarily in brigade combat teams (BCTs) in Iraq and Afghanistan between 2007 and 2014 to act as a collection and dispersal mechanism for sociocultural comprehension. Set against the backdrop of the program’s evolution, the experiences of these social scientists clarifies the U.S. Army’s decision to integrate social scientists at the tactical level in conflict. Based on interviews, program documents, material from Freedom of Information Act requests, and secondary sources, this book finds a series of limiting factors inhibiting social science research at the tactical level, common to both Iraq and Afghanistan.

Complexity in integrating civilians into the military decision-making cycle, in creating timely research with a high level of fidelity, and in making granular research that resonated with brigade staff all contributed to inhibiting the overall effect of the Human Terrain System. Yet, while high operational tempo in contested spaces complicates social science research at the tactical level, the author argues that there is a continued requirement for a residual capability to be maintained by the U.S. Army. 

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Audience

Social and political scientists, as well as anthropologists, may be interested in this author’s analysis that takes a civilian view of the Human Terrain System within the military combat brigade. This monograph primarily focuses on the violence concepts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Therefore, students taking sociological, political science, and war & politics classes may be interested in this text for essay research.

Product Details

Availability Details:
In Stock
USA Price:
$55.00
International Price:
$77.00
Publisher:
Defense Dept., Army, Army War College, Strategic Studies Institute
Author:
  • Sims, Christopher J.
Notes:
Author: Christopher Sims. Editor: James G.. Pierce.
Key Phrases:
  • Human Terrain System: Operationally Relevant Social Science Research in Iraq and Afghanistan
  • Operationally Relevant Social Science Research in Iraq And Afghanistan
  • Iraq
  • Afghanistan
Weight:
1.625
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Item available Date:
04/15/2016
Last Status Update:
02/08/2018
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