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

Imperial Instruction: The Human Terrain System’s Academic Trainers, Part 2

…continued from Part 1 HTS’ Other Handlers There are those trainers who are not attached to either UNO or the University of Kansas as faculty. One of these, someone who for a while was a student in my department (before I arrived), is Dr. Liam D. Murphy, an anthropologist at California State University-Sacramento, who by… Read More Imperial Instruction: The Human Terrain System’s Academic Trainers, Part 2

Imperial Instruction: The Human Terrain System’s Academic Trainers, Part 1

As part of the series designed to “map the terrain” of war corporatism, beginning with charting the private corporations contracted by the Human Terrain System (HTS), corporations with military, intelligence, and other specializations, then examining the various other human terrain efforts outside of HTS, and then generally considering how anthropologists and other social scientists have… Read More Imperial Instruction: The Human Terrain System’s Academic Trainers, Part 1