In Afghanistan: Is that a gun in your pocket, or are you just pleased to see me?

Come On, Show Me that Smile! One has to wonder if NATO military planners and officers in the field are just slightly insane with frustration, or simply have a perverse sense of humour. In this BBC story, British troops armed to the teeth enter a compound in darkness en masse, scaring the little children, and… Read More In Afghanistan: Is that a gun in your pocket, or are you just pleased to see me?

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

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

Sources Sought to Run Human Terrain System: Insiders Glevum and McNeil Technologies in the Hunt

“The need now is to get a decent contracting company in there that is actually focused on the job and they just might prove some worth as a force multiplier.” On 22 September 2010 The U.S. Army Contracting Command Center at Fort Eustis posted a Sources Sought request (fbo.gov) to support the U.S. Army Human… Read More Sources Sought to Run Human Terrain System: Insiders Glevum and McNeil Technologies in the Hunt

Andrew Garfield’s Commercial Plea for War Research, and the Reality of Ethics in Human Terrain Teams

Two very different, but related, items have been published online this past week, related to the Human Terrain System and embedding anthropologists/social scientists in counterinsurgency. The first one I mention–unsurprisingly published by the Small Wars “Journal” –is written by Andrew Garfield of Glevum Associates, a private defense contractor that we have encountered here many times… Read More Andrew Garfield’s Commercial Plea for War Research, and the Reality of Ethics in Human Terrain Teams