Cold War Anthropology: The CIA, the Pentagon, and the Growth of Dual Use Anthropology
David H. Price is Professor of Anthropology at Saint Martin’s University. He is the author of Threatening Anthropology: McCarthyism and the FBI’s Surveillance of Activist Anthropologists and Anthropological Intelligence: The Deployment and Neglect of American Anthropology in the Second World War, both also published by Duke University Press, and Weaponizing Anthropology: Social Science in Service of the Militarized State.
Cold War Anthropological Counterinsurgency Dreams
Anthropologically informed counterinsurgency programs examined in this chapter include the role of the Human Relations Area File in subcontracting army area handbooks, and projects designed to compile declassified reports that were later were modified and rewritten as classified documents. American University’s Special Operations Research Office (SORO) and Counterinsurgency Information and Analysis Center (CINFAC) produced numerous counterinsurgency reports drawing on anthropological research and analysis.