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US Army Human Terrain System, 2008-2013: The Program from Hell Paperback – July 23, 2013
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John Stanton is a Virginia based writer specializing in national security matters. He has reported on the Human Terrain System for over four years.
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Well a 2010 Army investigation supported many of Stanton's allegations, but named no names. Yet the program has also had its successes and demonstrated that it can provide the warfighter with important support. (see "Anthropology and Global Counterinsurgency" 2010 University of Chicago Press). The Army apparently plans to continue the program although with major modifications. So how accurate are Stanton's criticisms? He is accurate to a degree, but is also too one sided and unwilling to accept contrary evidence.
As side note, Stanton appears to be incredibly lazy. He made no effort to edit this book as the result it is highly repetitious and filled with acronyms that may be expanded at some point or may not be depending apparently on how Stanton feels. He doesn't expand "TRADOC" (Training and Doctrine Command, Fort Monroe Virginia) until the middle of the book. He never expands MAP HT (Mapping Human Terrain) although this is an important concept. Finally he makes no effort to organize any kind of coherent thoughts about the HTS concept or application from his fragmentary and disjointed reporting. Much of the value this book might have had is lost because of this.
Gee, I wonder if the author's going to discuss how it works and what it's used for and what good/bad it's done instead of pontificating about his own ideologies... Oh, "the Program from Hell" is in the title? Well, the mystery's certainly gone. And so is any chance of this being an aphoristic or reference book. Is the list price really $6.66? Wow, I'm just going to avoid anything written by John Stanton at all costs. If you don't believe me, read some excerpts for yourself.
his piece of the military industrial complex pie than someone actually shocked by the fact that people are being
studied to effectively be thread upon as dangerous "terrain" to be safely navigated by our glorious
enforcers for the Thieving Few trying to forcibly take valuable stuff from 'hostile' locals (aka...terrorists).
Recommend vendor but not the book.