30 Jun '15, 12am

The Third Order Effect: Understanding the Risks to Academia from Engaging with the SOF Enterprise: By: Thomas...

Similarly, researchers with exceptional credentials can only be recruited to institutions that are perceived to have the highest standards. Given the dramatic deaths of several graduate and post-doctoral students in Afghanistan while engaged in HTS,3 there is a great deal of skepticism among researchers about engaging in its newest iteration. Additionally, the lack of critical assessment or peer review of the products developed by the HTS system suggests a laissez faire approach to the social sciences. These issues may be addressed as the Human Domain concept moves to doctrine within SOF. However, currently any university that actively and openly promotes engaging with the SOF enterprise in the Human Domain risks alienating the best researchers.

Full article: http://smallwarsjournal.com/jrnl/art/the-third-order-effe...

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Understanding the U.S. Military’s Morale “Crisis”

smallwarsjournal.com 28 Jun '15, 5pm

In April 2015, USA Today reported a disconcerting, if somewhat incongruous, finding about the Army’s morale. Despite a six...