John Stanton's Human Terrain System articles:
by John Stanton
(“Glevum is beyond creepy---it’s crooked. Some of its people were part of that Lincoln Group fiasco in Iraq a couple of years ago. Glevum is just another front company. They have bilked the government and especially HTS out of tens of millions of dollars. Their whole Social Science Research and Analysis/SSRA scheme [allegedly] used fraudulent data and then sold it on the street. The sad thing is that the Gallup organization has picked up some of Glevum's employees in Afghanistan so the same masquerade of data is now affecting US policy there.
(October 15, Virginia, Sri Lanka Guardian)
As of 11 October 2010, 23 contractors had expressed an interest in running the US Army’s Human Terrain System and getting a share, or all, of the $7 million that comes with a contract award.
Within that group of 23 contractors are some that have already had extensive experience with the US Army’s Human Terrain System and its former principals Steve Fondacaro and Montgomery McFate.
Others have worked on some type of human terrain analysis contract and/or have marketed their human terrain analysis skills to various US Combatant Commands.
Observers are concerned that positive changes apparently afoot with the US Army HTS will be rolled back if the US Army ultimately lets its business to organizations with personnel who have been in the midst of the troubles that plagued the earlier version of HTS.
A Brief Rant Due to Exposure to HTS for 2.5 Years
There is no questioning the validity of the need for a military biased geospatial cultural analysis program that assists US warfighters in their efforts to pacify local populations or improve the speed and accuracy of the kill chain. That effort does not require the use of PhD’s from colleges and universities. Further, it seems outlandish to pay $250,000 for an inexperienced (5 months training usually truncated) social scientist to operate in a combat zone.
Why the constant hue and cry that the human terrain is so complex that no one can figure out?
Hell, the good Christian folks over at the Joshua Project have one Hell of a cultural/geo-name, quasi-geospatial database. They have figured out where in the world the heathen non-Christians are and they’ve done one Hell of a job at it: ethnic tags, language, maps, etc. From that database, Christian Soldiers are sent off on their missions of conversion already understanding the human terrain. Wait! Hell! Isn’t this the mission of the USA? Is it not to convert indigenous populations to concede and to accept the American way of life or at least not get in the way of it?
“McNeil and Glevum. ... Not going to sleep tonight! The companies listed look like various circles of Dante's Hell,” said one source.
Syzygy’s Lett-Smith [currently not listed] was kicked out of AFRICOM for her unprofessional services. Steve Rotkoff [former DPM at HTS] while at HTS had a number of IG [Inspector General] issues.”
According to sources, “Glevum is beyond creepy---it’s crooked. Some of its people were part of that Lincoln Group fiasco in Iraq a couple of years ago. Glevum is just another front company. They have bilked the government and especially HTS out of tens of millions of dollars. Their whole Social Science Research and Analysis/SSRA scheme [allegedly] used fraudulent data and then sold it on the street. The sad thing is that the Gallup organization has picked up some of Glevum's employees in Afghanistan so the same masquerade of data is now affecting US policy there. Gelvum hires so-called local experts to do surveys, focus groups etc. It looks all rather polished on PowerPoint but ask any former HTT member who has seen Glevum products what they think.”
Glevum was apparently mentioned in the US Army’s AR 15-6 investigation. But as one source pointed out, “Glevum has connections in high places, unfortunately.”
Some Clients of Glevum Associates
- The Australian government
- MPRI, an L3 Division
- BAE Systems
- U.S. Department Of State
- U.S. Embassy, Kabul, Afghanistan
- U.S. Department of Defense
- Combined Security Transition Command Afghanistan (CSTC-A)
- Multi National Corps Iraq (MNC-I)
- Counter IED Task Force
- Counter IED Task Force Iraq
- Regional Command East (RC-E)
- Combined Joint Task Force – 82 (CJTF-82)
- Combined Joint Task Force - 101 (CJTF-101)
- United States Forces Iraq (USF-I)
- International Security Assistance Force (ISAF)
- United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM)
- United States Special Operations Command Joint Military Information Support Command
- Coalition Joint Special Operation Task Force (C-JSOTF)
- PYSOP Task Force (POTF) Afghanistan
- PYSOP Task Force (POTF) Iraq
- Human Terrain System (HTS), U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC)
- Multi National Division West (MND-W)
- Multi National Division South (MND-S)
- Multi National Division North (MND-N)
- Multi National Division Baghdad
- Leadership Development and Education for Sustained Peace (LDESP), Naval Post Graduate School (NPS)