started the effort that led to the establishment of the Pat Roberts Intelligence Scholars Program, and also takes part in HTS training events.
Felix Moos is a Professor in Socio-Cultural Anthropology (Ph.D., Washington 1963) whose research areas are listed as: applied anthropology and ethnology, culture change and development, comparative value systems, ethnic conflict; East and Southeast Asia, Pacific.
Bart Dean and Felix Moos
have taken part in joint military-academic social science roundtables, that included HTS personnel, one of the first having taken place in June of 2007 and described by Jeff Crawley of the Fort Leavenworth Lamp ("Soldiers, scholars team for social science roundtable"), as a roundtable titled "How Do I Come to Know What I Didn't Know I Needed to Know?
While the event also serves to expose and train anthropology graduates to military thinking, Felix Moos
explained the militarization of his
own department in this manner: "The differences in the world today between thinking about war and actually fighting a war are smaller than they used to be.
This indicates the degree to which the gulf between the independence, integrity, and credibility of academia on the one hand, and the military on the other, has been bridged by his
(That is not to say Moos'
project is equally well received by everyone in his department: John Hoopes was quoted as saying, "I'm uncomfortable with anthropologists who are assisting with violent resolutions".
F. Allan Hanson, also in the same department as Dean and Moos
, agreed with his colleague Hoopes: "People need to have knowledge of the people they are dealing with," he said.
also supports the effort to use anthropology to do harm, by enlisting it in the service of better targeting: "If we are going to be successful in separating people from the insurgents, then we better get busy learning languages and cultures" (source).
Other times, his
statements are those representative of cultural imperialism, "How do you convince the people to come over to your thinking, or at least to approximate your thinking?
Felix Moos, right, professor of anthropology at the University of Kansas, and Army Capt. Roya Sharifsoltani, of the Human Terrain System, participate in a military-social science round table in November of 2007 at the Dole Institute of Politics.
Echoing one of the sales pitches of HTS
told the media at one of the roundtables with HTS
that, "an informed military and a well-educated military will kill fewer people rather than more people" (source).
, for his
part, praised this effort by HTS
to deploy people with language expertise.
The only problem is that Dari and Pashto are the major languages of Afghanistan.
For more on the work of Dean and Moos
for the military, especially as they have tried to evangelize among social scientists at Oxford University
, and on their subsequent roundtables with the military, see these reports in the military's public propaganda organs in the mainstream media:
Also, Felix Moos
is either featured or referenced in these 38 articles.
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, Esmael Burhan, ethics, Felix Moos
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, Thomas Goutierre, Thomas Gouttierre, University of Kansas
, University of Nebraska at Omaha
That is some definition of "applied anthropology" there Dr. Moos
Like you, I find it quite disturbing that Moos
has decided with whom Afghan "people" should be associated, taking the U.S. presence as innocent, harmless, and unproblematic.
The reality, according to most informed commentators, is that it is impossible to draw these distinctions-the Taliban (so-called, because it is a mass of movements, and actual Talibs are now a small minority) are firmly part of "the people.
An anthropologist might spend some time examining the taken-for-granted, and the labeling, for example, "insurgent.
An anthropologist must also consider his
place in relation to "the people," and he
seems to be assuming a great deal, and arrogating a great many rights to himself at the expense of Afghans
is advocating is an ethical "black site."
You don't recognize it as anthropology, and nor do I for that matter.
is definitely "applying" something, but I am not sure that most anthropologists would recognize it as anthropology.