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    Special Operations Research Office symposium proceedings, 26-28 March 1962:

    The US Army's Limited War Mission and Social Science Research
    ....the Department of the Army's responsibilities in the military counterinsurgency mission are major, continuous and pervasive. In authoritative Army documents and manuals, and in relevant Army policy speeches by its leaders, there is a clear and detailed spelling out of the Army's counterinsurgency mission and a continual recognition of the need for human factors knowledge.

    However, that understanding and recognition must extend beyond the Army, particularly to the behavioral and social science community, if the Army is to receive the research and development support it requires.

    To meet this need, a 3-day symposium was conducted with general objectives.

    (1) To present a clear picture of the Army's limited-war mission, with special emphasis on its counterinsurgency mission.

    (2) To identify the Army's requirements for behavioral and social science research and to stimulate the interest of members of the behavioral and social science community in the Army's research and development programs.

    (3) To promote understanding of the Army's research and development efforts and coordination with the efforts of other government agencies and departments which have similar or overlapping (but not duplicate) interests in counterinsurgency problems.....
    Complete 421 page document at the link.

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    Thanks for the link, Ted. There is also a fair amount of discussion going on at Savage Minds and in other venues.
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