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Author Sims, Christopher J., author.

Title The Human Terrain System : operationally relevant social science research in Iraq and Afghanistan / Christopher J. Sims.

Publication Info. Carlisle Barracks, PA : Strategic Studies Institute and U.S. Army War College Press, 2015.


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 Axe Federal Documents Online  D 101.146:H 88    ---  Available
Description 1 online resource (xv, 504 pages) : color illustrations
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Note "December 2015."
Paper version available for sale by the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Publishing Office.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references.
Contents Introduction -- Capability gap -- Two cultures -- From a military crisis -- Trial, error, and amendment -- Theory and practice -- At the limits of knowledge -- Conclusions.
Summary "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 decisionmaking cycle, creating timely research with a high level of fidelity, and making granular research resonate 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"--Publisher's web site.
Note Online resource; title from PDF title page (SSI, viewed December 17, 2015).
Subject United States. Army. Human Terrain System.
United States. Army. Human Terrain System.
United States. Army. Human Terrain System. (OCoLC)fst01917705
Applied anthropology.
Applied sociology.
Applied anthropology. (OCoLC)fst00811739
Applied sociology. (OCoLC)fst00811765
Added Author Army War College (U.S.). Strategic Studies Institute, publisher.
Army War College (U.S.). Press, publisher.
Added Title Operationally relevant social science research in Iraq and Afghanistan
Other Form: Print version: Sims, Christopher J. Human Terrain System 1584877170 (OCoLC)935225773
ISBN 1584877170
Standard No. NLGGC 400546108
Gpo Item No. 0307-A-31 (online)
Sudoc No. D 101.146:H 88

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