A new report on the Human Terrain System (HTS) appears in the Military Intelligence Professional Bulletin for Oct-Dec 2011.
Readers might be interested in what the military sees HTS doing and how that relates to geography:
Structural analysis. Used to gain an understanding
of structures, systems and processes underlying
the people, organizations and capabilities
within an area of operations. Structural analysis
may also include geospatial analysis, which
is used to analyze the spatial and geographicalpatterns of people, organizations, capabilities,
and events in space and time.
Cultural domain analysis. Used to develop an
understanding of norms, standards, and commonly
held beliefs of people and organizations.
Text analysis. Used to identify and then confi
rm patterns or themes from written and verbal
Quantitative analysis. Used to analyze large
amounts of complex, numerical data.
Mixed Method analysis. Used to analyze a variety
[Update: Interestingly they acknowledge the critiques of HTS:
The concept of social science support to the military in a combat theater has received mixed reviews. The social science community criticized HTS for potentially sacrifi cing social science ethics in order to properly support the military commanders. This was not the case. It did, however, highlight the need to constantly update and expand the rigor HTS places on its employees concerning ethics. It also highlighted the need to clearly differentiate the HTS methodology and ethics concerning social science research for non-lethal activities. Critique of HTS by some in the academic community has been productive in that we have channeled this into a state of the art review process. The internal process is founded in social science ethical processes and sets clear standards for oversight and review of all projects. It provided confi dence to the team members that what they are doing is consistent with conventional professional ethical standards. Indeed, nothing else could be more important to the success of the HTS mission since we are the ones to advise our units about the sensitivities, mores and morals of the local population. To undermine these is to undermine the governance and stability we hope to create for the good of all. (p. 19)