CTLab V.3: LabNotes                                                                                  

Human Terrain Mapping - An Historian's Perspective

As an historian who has carried out field work for the US government in Afghanistan, my feelings are that this debate about the morality of human terrain is a storm in a tea-pot. Anthropologists, political scientists, historians, and of course scientists of all backgrounds have contributed to US understanding of the wars it has fought in the past, and this is no different.

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Posted on Saturday, April 19, 2008 at 13:16 by Registered CommenterBrian Glyn Williams | Comments1 Comment

Complexity and COIN FM

This is follow up to my last post on Dr. Paul Torrens' application of geosimulation to urban crowd behavior, and to the discussion of its implications at the Small Wars Council. I'm not a GIS specialist, but I see it increasingly being used for conflict modeling. Where things get tricky is figuring which tools to use for which environment. I keep harping about terrain complexity, but I don't think there's any avoiding the issue - developing some sort of framework understanding of it is the whole point of what we want to do with the Complex Terrain Lab.

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Posted on Sunday, January 27, 2008 at 20:32 by Registered CommenterMichael A. Innes | CommentsPost a Comment