Worth a Look The Program from Hell [Indictment of the US Army Human Terrain System (HTS) — Over-Sold, Under-Performing]

5 Star, Civil Affairs, Culture, Research, Force Structure (Military), Intelligence (Government/Secret), Intelligence (Public)
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The Program from Hell

Authored by John Stanton

This is a story of ongoing alleged fraud, waste, abuse; a murder, KIA’s, WIA’s, cover ups, a hostage taking, and incompetence at the highest levels of the US Army’s TRADOC G-2. It is Mash meets Catch-22 (the movies)…

The United States Army Human Terrain System has been mired in controversy since its inception. Billed as an anthropology program, it went dangerously off track soon after its first mission. Collected for the first time in this volume are many but not all of the reports written by independent journalist John Stanton. They are based on over 110 sources spanning over a four year period from the summer of 2008 to 2013 during which nearly 115 pieces were written. Collectively it is a story about civilian and military leadership that was negligent in the line of duty. The Human Terrain System richly deserves the title, The Program from Hell.

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Phi Beta Iota:  All accounts, both private and public, confirm this damning indictment.  DoD — and DIA — and USDI — do not know how to manage Human Intelligence (HUMINT), whether overt or clandestine.  There are individual stars out there — Maj (P) Jeff Bordin, author of Lethal Incompetence comes to mind — but as with the pioneers for evolution in secret and open intelligence, the stars get marginalized and the larger system remains corrupt to the bone.  The HTS program is the poster child for program management incapable of doing the right thing, instead doing the wrong things at great expense, often with direct human casualties as a result of this unprofessional — even treasonable — misbehavior by the program managers.

See Also:

(Maj (P) Jeff Bordin, Lethal Incompetence (Studies in Political and Military Decision-Making) Hardcover – March 8, 2006

Penguin: Human Terrain System — A Critical View