The Way Ahead for Human Terrain Teams
NATIONAL DEFENSE UNIV FORT MCNAIR DC
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General Raymond T. Odierno, Chief of Staff of the Army, learned from his three combat tours in Iraq that the U.S. military needs to better understand local populations and their social, political, and cultural attributes. He concluded that the more we understand the human domain, the less combat force it takes to prevail in counterinsurgency. Similarly, during his confirmation hearing before taking command of U.S. and North Atlantic Treaty Organization NATO forces in Afghanistan in June 2010, General David Petraeus told Congress that the decisive terrain in counterinsurgency was the human terrain. These leaders understand that effective counterinsurgency requires protecting and eliciting cooperation from the population the human terrain which, in turn, requires a keen understanding of the population s social and cultural characteristics.
- Sociology and Law
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations
- Military Forces and Organizations
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics