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Armed with Expertise: The Militarization of American Social Research during the Cold War

Joy Rohde


During the height of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Pentagon launched a counterinsurgency program called the Human Terrain System. The program embedded social scientists within military units to provide commanders with information about the cultures and grievances of local populations. The controversy it inspired was not new. Decades earlier, similar national security concerns brought the Department of Defense and American social scientists together in the search for intellectual weapons that could combat the spread of communism during the Cold War. This book traces the rise, fall, and ... More

Keywords: Pentagon, counterinsurgency, national security, intellectual weapons, Cold War, social research, American democracy, military, political scientists

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780801449673
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801449673.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joy Rohde, author
Assistant Professor of Public Policy, the University of Michigan