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Though published in Aug 2011, Amazon has not a single customer review yet.  Book description looks very interesting.  If anyone has read it, please share more details from the book for those of us who won't be able to read it anytime soon.

It seems that both social sciences, and natural sciences, and the arts, etc., are ALL rapidly transformed, or more transformed, into serving the militarized, and surveillance state.

The book is available from CounterPunch:
Weaponizing Anthropology: Social Science in Service of the Militarized State 

by David Price
Weaponizing Anthropology is a concise and profound critique
of the rapid transformation of American
social science into an appendage of the National Security State.

Book Description
Publication Date: August 16, 2011 |
ISBN-10: 1849350639 | ISBN-13: 978-1849350631 |
Edition: 1
The ongoing battle for hearts and minds in Iraq and
Afghanistan is a military strategy inspired originally by efforts at domestic
social control and counterinsurgency in the United States. Weaponizing Anthropology documents
how anthropological knowledge and ethnographic methods are harnessed by
military and intelligence agencies in post-9/11 America to placate hostile
foreign populations. David H. Price outlines the ethical implications of
appropriating this traditional academic discourse for use by embedded, militarized research teams.

Price's inquiry into past relationships between
anthropologists and the CIA, FBI, and Pentagon provides the historical base for
this expose of the current abuses of anthropology by military and intelligence
agencies. Weaponizing Anthropology explores the ways that recent shifts in funding
sources for university students threaten academic freedom, as new secretive
CIA-linked fellowship programs rapidly infiltrate American university campuses.
Price examines the specific uses of anthropological knowledge in military
doctrine that have appeared in a new generation of counterinsurgency manuals
and paramilitary social science units
like the Human Terrain Teams.

David H. Price is the author of Threatening
Anthropology: McCarthyism and the FBI's Surveillance of Activist Anthropologists and Anthropological
Intelligence: The Deployment and Neglect of American Anthropology in the Second
World War. He is a member of the Network of Concerned Anthropologists and
teaches at St. Martin's College in Lacey, Washington.