Laboratory for Human Terrain
Overall Approach

HBML: A Representation Language for Quantitative Behavior Models in the Human Terrain

Dynamic Adversarial Gaming Algorithm


Human Terrain News
The Why and How of Human Terrain Teams
Inside Higher Ed
February 19, 2009

There are a number of ways that an HTT can keep the population and nonlethal options on the front burner. In the case of my team, we used very standard research and analysis methods to get at both primary and secondary open source data. At all times we endeavored to engage in best practices, both in terms of methodology and ethics. We essentially used four basic methods of collection: archival, process observation, participant observation, and semi-structured elite level interviews.

McFate explains Human Terrain Teams
The Dartmouth
September 26, 2008

Cultural anthropologist Montgomery McFate emphasized the importance of sociocultural knowledge in forming national security strategy, explaining a new counter-insurgency theory that relies on experts in social-science disciplines, in a lecture at the Rockefeller Center on Thursday evening.

Army Enlists Anthropology in War Zones
New York Times
October 5, 2007

The SHABAK VALLEY, Afghanistan — In this isolated Taliban stronghold in eastern Afghanistan, American paratroopers are fielding what they consider a crucial new weapon in counterinsurgency operations here: a soft-spoken civilian anthropologist named Tracy.


Pentagon Tech Push
April 3, 2007

The Pentagon announced yesterday its “new starts” for the 2007 Joint Capability Technology Demonstration program including ...Mapping the Human Terrain (MAP-HT) - Visualization of socio-cultural information

Koppel talks war, U.S. toll in Discovery Channel Special
March 10, 2007

The phrase "hearts and minds" is in disrepute. The new buzz phrase is "human terrain," but it still means winning friends among people prone to distrust all outsiders, particularly Americans. "But if that is the terrain the U.S. is trying to conquer, the war is not going well," Koppel concludes.