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11 Nov 2010

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Thomas Jefferson’s Army Was All About ‘Human Terrain’

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At the birth of our great nation, Thomas Jefferson brought a vision of the military to life — which was all about creating “multipurpose army,” designed for a wide variety of functions that go beyond combat. This is according to a recent NY Times Op-Ed by Dominic Tierney, an assistant professor of political science at Swarthmore College and the author of “How We Fight: Crusades, Quagmires and the American Way of War.” These soldiers focused on what we now call ‘Human Terrain” by focusing on localized populations (well, it was our own population). Jefferson’s army actually delivered mail on the frontier helped administer justice, provided medical care and offered relief to the destitute. It was an Army with a mission to build and not destroy. Read more in this post about Human Terrain today and how NGA Director Letitia Long’s GEOINT 2010 keynote specifically addressed this concept.

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