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Prof. Felix Moos

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The brainchild of University of ..., 1 Feb 2011 [cached]
The brainchild of University of Kansas anthropologist Felix Moos, who was advocating it as early as 1995, PRISP was originally a $4m pilot project funded under section 318 of the 2004 Intelligence Authorization Act.
Imperial Instruction: The Human Terrain System’s Academic Trainers, Part 1 | ZERO ANTHROPOLOGY [cached]
Felix Moos 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.
Felix Moos
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 department.
(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.
Felix Moos 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? (source).
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, Moos 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).
Felix Moos, 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.
Tagged: Afghanistan Immersion Seminars, Bartholomew Dean, Britt Damon, Center for Afghanistan Studies, Esmael Burhan, ethics, Felix Moos, GIS, Global Studies Conference, HTS, HTT, Human Terrain System, intelligence, intelligence preparation of the battlefield, IPB, Liam D. Murphy, Major Robert Holbert, Michael Bishop, Michael Duane Weltsch, open source intelligence, Roya Sharifsoltani, targeting, The International Third World Studies Journal and Review, 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. He does not. 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. What he is advocating is an ethical "black site."
You don't recognize it as anthropology, and nor do I for that matter. He is definitely "applying" something, but I am not sure that most anthropologists would recognize it as anthropology.
Columbia Daily Herald, 13 April 2002 [cached]
A friend of mine, Professor Felix Moos of Lawrence, Kan., has circulated a proposal for training students in careers as national security and intelligence analysts.I believe his suggestion has considerable merit.
The attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon have focused attention on the government's machinery for predicting terrorist events.Professor Moos argueswe must improve our fundamental ability to understand, analyze and collect intelligence on global terrorist organizations.
I have known and admired Professor Moos since the early 1970s..He teaches anthropology at the University of Kansas and has developed a course in "violence, aggression and terrorism in the modern world."For more than a decade he has been warning Americans to pay more attention to the threat of global terrorism.
And as you might expect, Moos has some interesting observations about the Sept. 11 attacks.
In his view, Americans haven't been concerned about the world.It is difficult for people enjoying the comforts of the U.S. to think about those living in Lebanon, Afghanistan, the West Bank or Iraq.Americans are more concerned about what is happening in their own neighborhood than on the other side of the world, he says.
But now it is imperative to adjust our global view and "become more imaginative in combating the problem," he says.Part of this process is to change our ways of thinking and to better understand howthe world functions and why people hate us.
The professor deplores the feeling that we are somehow exempt from what happens elsewhere in the world, and he insists that this way of thinking has to change.In his view, that na•ve attitude has made the nation more vulnerable and has kept us from preparing for terrorist attacks.
In fact, terrorism has steadily evolved and today such events are becoming more frequent, more sophisticated, more violent and more deadly.The current threats range the globe, involve a spectrum of societies and know no particular time frame.
Moos criticizes our educational institutions.They have not spent enough time teaching what's going on around the world, he says.Likewise, he blames government intelligence for failing to foresee the attacks and for over reliance of technology over people.
To strengthen our security, Moos proposes an "ROTC-like" training program for national security and intelligence officers.In essence, he is calling for a new career specialty within the government.
The academic program would include chemistry, computer analysis, and a wide selection of area studies.Particular emphasis would be placed on linguistic skills, requiring students to be fluent in two languages besides English.Students also would conduct in-depth studies of a selected regions' history, religion, culture, and politics.For instance, students could specialize in Chinese and Korean studies.
Cadets would enter the program after fulfilling basic college requirements.
I am not as confident as Moos that the ROTC program should absorb this specialty or that a military commission would be an appropriate, but I do not consider these major problems.If necessary, a distinct educational structure and civil service specialty could be crafted.I would still favor using private colleges for the training, whatever the arrangements.
The basic proposition strikes me as sound and long overdue.At this moment, we are hearing the Bush administration talk a great deal about innovative thinking.Here is a suggestion the government should welcome enthusiastically.
"In my view this is a ..., 3 May 2011 [cached]
"In my view this is a much more decentralized warfare that we've faced now than before," said Felix Moos, a Kansas University emeritus anthropology professor who has taught a course on intelligence and terrorism.
Moos said it was understandable for Americans to celebrate bin Laden's death, although he said al-Qaida and other terrorist groups have seemed to evolve since 9/11.
WIN #25-04 dtd 19 July 2004, 19 July 2004 [cached]
The ROTC-style program is the brainchild of Felix Moos, a Kansas University professor of anthropology, and is part of an effort to attract qualified candidates to the field of intelligence gathering, especially in targeted areas of the world, including Afghanistan, China, Korea and the Middle East.The program was suggested by Moos to Roberts, who shepherded the measure through Congress, which approved $4 million for the pilot project.
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