Military Review English Edition September-October 2014 - Page 89

THE HUMAN DOMAIN new and wide-ranging relationships in the academic world among disciplines that may at first blush seem irrelevant. The Army and its strategic analysts must not be afraid to get a little squishy. There is a vast array of fields of study that could contribute to the understanding of the human domain of conflict, but have yet to be contacted or explored. We must also understand that in our quest for knowledge the bridge may be blocked by ideological opponents in the political and academic worlds; that there may be pushback by some who have disdain for the military and will attempt to stigmatize contact among their colleagues. Learning from history gives us pause; the history between the academic world and the Army is not something that resonates with a great deal of hope. However, the Army leadership should realize that we need academia if new concepts largely drawn from social science research and expertise are to succeed. A way to bridge the gap is to continuously engage such communities by attending social science symposiums and lectures, or even sending students for social science degrees at a wider range of civilian universities in order to both acquire some expertise in narrow disciplines as well as make valuable contacts. Similarly, inviting more diverse and more numerous academics to participate in Army learning events can potentially create mutually beneficial relationships. To succeed, efforts to reach out to academia must turn into bridges, and the b ե