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Culture, Conflict, and Counterinsurgency$
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Thomas H. Johnson and Barry Zellen

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780804785952

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804785952.001.0001

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Employing Data Fusion in Cultural Analysis and COIN in Tribal Social Systems by Steffen Merten

Employing Data Fusion in Cultural Analysis and COIN in Tribal Social Systems by Steffen Merten

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Culture, Conflict, and Counterinsurgency
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Steffen Merten

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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804785952.003.0004

This chapter describes how data fusion enhances the analytical capability of cultural analysts by using the visual analyst theory in conjunction with ongoing technological software advances in data fusion. The field of cultural analyses is significantly contributing to COIN doctrine. However, software advances must also be accompanied by two caveats. The first is, no matter how powerful or versatile the technology is a thorough understanding of the social system depends on expert analyst’s opinion that is deeply familiar with a culture’s fundamentals. Second, we must refrain from reinventing the wheel by utilizing existing sources of social data ranging from deployed company intelligence officers to civil affairs teams. In conclusion, by harnessing technology to fuse geospatial, relational, and temporal data, we can enhance the field of cultural analysis to further empower the war fighter’s mission of defeating contemporary and future insurgency.

Keywords:   cultural analysis, counterinsurgency, data fusion, COIN Doctrine, geospatial, temporal data dimensions, I2, Access Pro, Palantir Technologies, social systems

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