In our previous post, I wrote this:
But the Army and the Navy are also somewhat insular organizations, with limited interaction with the rest of the community.
I was reminded of this and had to give it some more thought when I read this:
That’s S4 at War, talking about counterinsurgency techniques (and HIV research). His point is that Army units engaged in counterinsurgency need to get into communities and learn to identify who the local centers of influence are. If you can sway the Big Man on Campus, you have solved half your problems.
It is interesting though, that this is an approach that troops at the home station rarely take. In most communities with a large military presence here in the US, there’s something of a “town vs. gown” aspect, much like the tension between locals and students in a university town. Not a hostility. There’s a symbiotic relationship. But for all the interaction, there’s a good bit of self segregation as well.