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The End of Debates About the Human Terrain System?

February 17, 2013 by


The End of Debates? Having been asked (and declined) to write commentaries, or respond to one or another essay on the Human Terrain System (HTS) over the past 18 months, I realized that I had enough, and had said enough that it did not warrant repetition. However, unlike others who said their piece, I might […]

U.S. Army Female Engagement Teams Expand: King Xerxes’ Queen Esther Cited

January 4, 2011 by


[In connection with this article, please see the associated file uploads: COMISAF ppt or COMISAF pdf; FET pptx or FET pdf; ISAF Engagement with Females PDF; and the previous post: “Recommended ISAF Guidance for Female Engagement Teams“] “In the time of Xerxes, it is documented that the King took advice from his Queen which significantly […]

Recommended ISAF Guidance for Female Engagement Teams

January 4, 2011 by


[The following consists of the speaking notes for a presentation delivered by Major Maria Vedder of the U.S. Army’s Human Terrain System, from 23 February 2010, as a “strategic intelligence update.” The original file can be accessed here as a PPT file and here as a PDF.] SPEAKING NOTES: OPTION 1 Good Morning Sir, It’s […]

A Digital Face Lift for the Human Terrain System

October 20, 2010 by


Almost as if they were determined to totally ruin all of my theses about the resources poured into military propaganda, the Human Terrain System has just launched another Web 1.0 site–except this one is better, because it has an image slider. Having reviewed all of the images, all I can say is that HTS apparently […]

Defense Contractors from Dante’s Circles of Hell: Sequel to Human Terrain System I?

October 15, 2010 by


As of 11 October 2010, 23 contractors had expressed an interest in running the US Army’s Human Terrain System and getting a share, or all, of the $7 million that comes with a contract award. Within that group of 23 contractors are some that have already had extensive experience with the US Army’s Human Terrain […]

Burlesque Afghanistan: Pulp Fiction from an Embedded “Reporter”

October 6, 2010 by


This is the second in a two part series on recent examples of the Human Terrain System in the military’s own media, and in military-embedded media. The first was “The Many Faces of the Human Terrain System in Iraq.” Much more remarkable, and coming from a supposedly professional journalist who embedded with the U.S. Army […]

Montgomery McFate: Gone from the Human Terrain System

September 3, 2010 by


Sources report that Senior Social Scientist Montgomery McFate resigned her post with the US Army Human Terrain System (HTS) within the last ten days. Observers say the “category of resignation is similar to that of former HTS program manager Steve Fondacaro in that all assume it was a ‘forced resignation’  or ‘let go’ as is […]

Pride and Prejudice in U.S. Army’s Human Terrain System

August 2, 2010 by


“Col Sharon Hamilton [acting HTS program manager], does not know what is going on here in Iraq because if she was aware of the behavior here, she would not tolerate the dysfunction that continues within the organization.” “The rules and regulations within the HTS program only apply to minorities or other people whom the team […]


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