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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The Role of Technology in Modern Terrorism
Pierluigi Paganini is Chief Information Security Officer at Bit4Id, firm leader in identity management, member of the ENISA (European Union Agency for Network and Information Security)Treat Landscape Stakeholder Group,
This is a fascinating article about differences in language, and shows how things can truly be “lost in translation.” My husband, a native Spanish speaker and I will have heated debates about English because he’s translating in his head, and some expressions he’ll claim he’s never heard (despite living in this country for almost 35 years), or he’ll say they don’t make sense.
How language can affect the way we think
There’s a wide field of research on the link between language and both psychology and behavior. Here, a few fascinating examples: