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U.S. Navy photo by HMC Josh Ives THE HUMAN DOMAIN U.S. Army Lt. Col. Mark Martin, civil affairs team lead for Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) Farah, shakes hands and laughs with Mawlawi Guhlam M. Ruhaani, director of Hajj and Endowment, after a key leader engagement in Farah City, 29 December 2012. further. Any relationship that we attempt to build with the academic world to expand the dialogue between the two must take these factors into account. Given this torrid history, it may seem impossible for us to effect any change in our association with academia. However, like any relationship, success depends on the work put into it. Incorporating the Social Sciences The Army has taken the first step by realizing the importance of understanding the humanness of warfare, but more steps must be taken in the correct direction to build credibility and be successful with the concept of the human domain. First, Army leadership must make the human domain concept a priority. Establishing a working group or small research team is not enough. While perhaps not on the magnitude of an Army Center of Excellence, there needs to be an office or center that can do the heavy lifting that is required to develop and push the MILITARY REVIEW‚ÄÉ September-October 2014 ideas. The office must be the central hub of research and synthesis on the human domain and have the strong backing of senior Army leaders. Along with the office, a proponent must be nominated to lead concept development and implementation. Who leads the way on the human domain is just as important as how it functions and impacts the services. Currently there is a collaborative effort between the Army, Marine Corps, and USSOCOM. While all three have experience with the concept of the human domain, there must be a main actor to provide guidance and leadership. As the largest of th