Embedded-social-scientist program is under fire from lawmaker

12/2/2013 | USA Today

Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., has called on Army and House leaders to shut down the Human Terrain System, which embeds social scientists in combat units. Members of the program, which started amid the counterinsurgency wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, advise unit commanders on anti-violence tactics and offer insight on enhancing local residents' quality of life. Hunter calls the program costly and unproductive, but Army spokesman Lt. Col. Richard Stebbins says the 13 teams now deployed in Afghanistan have had success and that their work has been met with appreciation.

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