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Exploring Anthropology's Value to Military Strategy Since 2000

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Air Command and Staff College Maxwell Air Force Base United States

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Anthropology evolved alongside colonial militaries. The expertise of anthropologists was utilized to ensure the success of military members charged to implement the strategy of colonial expansion. Since World War II, however, the profession of anthropology in America has engaged in a debate about the ethics of this traditional role of anthropologists. The cooperative role between anthropology and the military reached its lowest point after several unfortunate incidents in the 1960s that continue to haunt every proposal of cooperation to this day. As the US took action after the calamity of September 11, 2001, military experts began to understand that their scope of responsibility had expanded into territory best understood with cultural insight.

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