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Armed with ExpertiseThe Militarization of American Social Research during the Cold War$
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Joy Rohde

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780801449673

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801449673.001.0001

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Hearts, Minds, and Militarization

Hearts, Minds, and Militarization

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(p.1) Introduction Hearts, Minds, and Militarization
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Armed with Expertise
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Joy Rohde

Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801449673.003.0001

This introductory chapter provides an overview of the Human Terrain System (HTS). The HTS was designed to make the Iraq and Afghanistan wars less violent and the American military effort more successful. It utilized social scientists to provide military commanders with information about the battlefield's “human terrain”—military parlance for the beliefs, values, grievances, and social structures of the populations living in war zones. HTS's designers anticipated that the system would improve the military's understanding of the complex local environments in which counterinsurgency forces fought. If soldiers could see the world through the eyes of the people affected by U.S. military actions, they might come to rely less on combat and more on social, economic, and political development. However, HTS quickly attracted criticism from social scientists who argued that it encouraged an inappropriate and unethical collaboration between researchers and the military, used scholarship as a cover for gathering military intelligence, and repackaged violence as humanitarianism.

Keywords:   Human Terrain System, social science, human terrain, counterinsurgency, military intelligence, violence, humanitarianism

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