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NADER SHAH KOT, AFGHANISTAN - AUGUST 15: US Army officers from the Embedded Training Team and the Human Terrain Team hold a meeting with Afghan National Army Officers and Afghan Sub Governors regarding the coming elections on August 15, 2009 at the ANA (Afghan National Army) 2nd Kandak, 1st Brigade, 203 Corp Headquarter in Camp Parsa, Nader Shah Kot, Khost Province, Afghanistan.The Human Terrain System, composed of several deployed Human Terrain Teams, is a US Army program that embeds civilian social scientists with combat units. The purpose of the program is to provide the military with relevant socio-cultural information in order to affect decision making and ensure that soldiers have a holisitic picture of their operating environment. The social scientists gather data by going into the field with soldiers and using traditional ethnographic methods of collection: interviewing, observation, and surveys. Human Terrain Team (HTT) Afghan One (AF1) is attached to 4-25th IN BCT, in Khost, Paktya, and Paktika provinces. (Photo by Marco Di Lauro/Getty Images)

NADER SHAH KOT, AFGHANISTAN - AUGUST 15: US Army officers from the Embedded Training Team and the Human Terrain Team hold a meeting with Afghan National Army Officers and Afghan Sub Governors regarding the coming elections on August 15, 2009 at the ANA (Afghan National Army) 2nd Kandak, 1st Brigade, 203 Corp Headquarter in Camp Parsa, Nader Shah Kot, Khost Province, Afghanistan.The Human Terrain System, composed of several deployed Human Terrain Teams, is a US Army program that embeds civilian social scientists with combat units. The purpose of the program is to provide the military with relevant socio-cultural information in order to affect decision making and ensure that soldiers have a holisitic picture of their operating environment. The social scientists gather data by going into the field with soldiers and using traditional ethnographic methods of collection: interviewing, observation, and surveys.  Human Terrain Team (HTT) Afghan One (AF1) is attached to 4-25th IN BCT, in Khost, Paktya, and Paktika provinces.  (Photo by Marco Di Lauro/Getty Images)