The Human Terrain

Though familiar with the broad concept of this program, I had not given it much thought.

"The Human Terrain System (HTS) is a United States Army, Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) support program employing personnel from the social science disciplines – such as anthropology, sociology, political science, regional studies and linguistics – to provide military commanders and staff with an understanding of the local population (i.e. the “human terrain”) in the regions in which they are deployed.”

Destroyer Deal

This article, "Seventy-Five Years after the Destroyer Deal," by Bruce Walker is an interesting reminder of a fundamental foreign policy principle: help your friends against common enemies.

Retrain and Die

The Department of Labor offers considerable information on adult job retraining. One question is whether this information and related programs help the people it is intended to help. No doubt many people gain some benefit, but someone at mid-career whose profession goes away may be a generation too late to justify the expenditure.


According to economic conventional wisdom protectionism is terrible.

How is it, then, that under a protectionist regime the United States went from a coast-hugging bunch of former colonies in the late eighteenth century to the world's largest economy by the turn of the beginning of the twentieth century? The U.S. economy continued to expand even more through the 1920s, though Europe's penchant for self-destruction gave considerable aid in that growth.


Editor Jacob Heilbrunn conducts a nice interview with Henry Kissinger on The National Interest site that includes the following exchange:

Heilbrunn: But we have witnessed a return, at least in Washington, DC, of neoconservatives
      and liberal hawks who are determined to break the back of the Russian government.


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