Sociocultural Intelligence: A New Discipline in Intelligence Studies (Continuum Intelligence Studies)
This new discipline proposes a systematic understanding of the customs, moral attitudes, and cultures of foreign populations to enhance the efficacy of national security initiatives. The book offers an in-depth analysis and conceptualization of a much needed intelligence discipline, Sociocultural intelligence (SOCINT). SOCINT means observing and analyzing such elements as the land, the people, and their communities. Customs, moral attitudes, and culture of foreign populations are integrated into the analysis of the information gathered to maximize the efficiency of security initiatives. A key tool in intelligence and covert operations, SOCINT can mostly be used for non-lethal operations that require a thorough understanding of networks and systems. Simply, by understanding the behavioral aspects of relationships and systems, we will have a greater opportunity for 'success' by knowing who, what, where, when, why, and how to influence within the systems themselves. Not only a tool for war fighting, SOCINT is needed for multiple uses, such as law enforcement operations and business. Written by an international expert, this unique book combines theoretical analysis with practical application to present and advocate for the systematic use of SOCINT to students and practitioners in intelligence studies, intelligence communities, and national security. "The Continuum Intelligence Studies Series" presents new research to enhance both the study and practice of intelligence. The volumes in CITS will focus on theory, concepts, teaching methods, new research, methodologies, best practices, and more across all fields of intelligence studies. The focus will be on contemporary issues and new research. Composed of coursebooks, monographs, practical guides, and reference works written by scholars and experts, the series is geared toward students in intelligence and security studies, as well as practitioners and policymakers.
When Good Ideas Go Bad
By Retired Reader - March 17, 2011
This book attempts to introduce a very important concept: namely the application of the so-called social sciences in the development of tactical and strategic intelligence. Unfortunately its author Kerry Patton demonstrates a remarkably poor understanding of his subject and indeed of the craft of intelligence.
Patton argues that what he terms "sociocultural" intelligence is a new discipline. It is not. Had he done his homework he would know that this application of social science to developing intelligence was used effectively in WWII. Probably the best known example of which was the government sponsored study of Japan by anthropologist Ruth Benedict, "The Chrysanthemum and the Sword: Patterns of Japanese Culture." He completely ignores the definitive book on this subject, "Anthropological Intelligence" (David Price Duke 2008), which discusses the use and neglect anthropological studies by the U.S. during WWII.
Perhaps Patton's most glaring mistake is his... read more
By Will - August 7, 2011
As someone involved in socio-cultural research in Afghanistan I was anxiously awaiting this book. Unfortunately it has turned out to be a major disappointment. The writing style is so poor that it distracts from the overall content of the book - which is also disappointing. Some of the sentences make little sense, or even mean the opposite of what the author is trying to say. For instance, in one case he writes "we must begin to incorporate more ethnocentrism into our operations and analysis" (p. 34). It would seem that the author doesn't grasp the meaning of the word ethnocentrism as the entire thrust of the book is that we need to break away from ethnocentrism and try to understand other's cultures. I would not recommend this book to anyone. Hopefully a good book on this vastly important subject will soon be written; this isn't it.
Human Intelligence is Social & Cultural Understanding
By Paul Mazziotta - December 3, 2010
Lessons learned in the recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan have indicated that the lack of cultural knowledge is one of the most crucial points in modern military operations. Cultural intelligence gathering, as the collection of human, culture, social, religious and behavioral knowledge proves to be an invaluable asset during all phases of conjunct military and civilian operations, but still this expertise has not been exploited and implemented in operational terms.
Dr. Patton's book, " Sociocultural Intelligence: A New Discipline in Intelligence Studies" fills the void rendering a precise and clear insight on what SOCINT (Sociocultural Intelligence) is and how it may be applied to diverse contexts, either related to defense as to larger intelligence gathering needs. The work of Dr. Patton within this particular combined discipline is one of great importance: it is capable of defining operationally, in clear words, what can be done to understand and improve... read more
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