Berto Jongman: Academics in the Camps – the Life and Death of the Human Terrain System

Berto Jongman

Berto Jongman

Academics in Foxholes

The Life and Death of the Human Terrain System

Christopher Sims, Foreign Affairs, 4 February 2016

The U.S. government’s controversial effort to harness the social sciences in support of its counterinsurgency operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, in an initiative known as the Human Terrain System, was one of the most ambitious and innovative efforts of the post-9/11 era to help warfighters make sense of conflict’s inherent chaos.   . . .   More than 1,000 personnel were deployed during its duration, from 2007 to 2014 at a total cost of nearly $750 million, making the Human Terrain System the largest investment in a single social science project in U.S. government history.

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Feb 7

Eric Zuesse: How Corruption Cripples US Military

Eric Zuesse

Eric Zuesse

How Corruption Cripples America’s Military

America’s military budget is roughly 7.2 times that of Russia ($610 billion compared to $84.5 billion), but even Western news-accounts are saying that the weaponry produced in Russia is superior overall to the weaponry produced in the United States.

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Feb 6

Marcus Aurelius: National Commission on Future of the Army — an Immaculate Conception

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Marcus Aurelius

Marcus Aurelius

Hot off the press, just released today, invite your attention to report of the statutorily-mandated National Commission on the Future of the Army at following link:

Click for Report

Click for Report

Have not fully read but expect a couple of things:

* It will likely be contentious, both for what it says and does not say and for various factions’ assessments of its quality.

* It will generate some degree of workload for the Army Staff as the Chief of Staff and the Secretary decide what they want to do with/about it and how.

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Jan 31

Berto Jongman: NSA whistleblower William Binney, A Good American, on 9/11, WTC 7, molten metal and NIST

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Jan 30