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Human Geography Summit
Maximizing Force Efficiency through Intelligence in the Human Domain

12 November, 2012 - 14 November, 2012, Arlington, VA, United States

“The environment in which we operate is complex and demands that we employ every weapon in our arsenal, both kinetic and non-kinetic. To fully utilize all approaches, we must understand the local culture and history; Learn about the tribes, formal and informal leaders, governmental and religious structures, and local security forces. We must understand how the society functions so we can enable (Iraqis) to build a stable, self-reliant nation.”

This Summit will bring to light the future of the Human Domain in warfare and opportunities for Military and Industry cooperation and coordination.

Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom (OIF & OEF) in Iraq and Afghanistan created a need for a fundamental shift in the way we fight wars. It became very clear very quick that conventional warfare was doomed to failure in this particular set of operations. We were being beaten by an unconventional force that had no state backing and did not play by the rules.

In order to adapt, many hybrid theories of war have been thought up and put into place. Throughout this, one aspect that was previously overlooked has come to the fore front. Knowing who you are fighting and where you are fighting. Not simple identification and geographic data, but personality profiles, daily schedules/routines, language/dialect, cultural identities, weather patterns, market places, potential hideouts, and places of cultural and religious significance. Truly understanding the enemy, how they differ from the civilian population they are embedded in and what will make our forces either comply with their culture or blend in as they do.

Featured Presentations Will Highlight:

  • Understanding the local culture and history of specific populations
  • Socio-cultural situational awareness in the field
  • Utilizing remote sensing to analyze human actions
  • Enabling enhanced decision making through social media monitoring and analysis
  • The role of Human Terrain Systems (HTS) within the US Army

Future needs and capability briefs from key offices:

  • Human Terrain Systems, TRADOC G2, US Army
  • US Army Geospatial Center
  • National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
  • PM Night Vision, Reconnaissance, Surveillance and Target Acquisition
  • US Northern and Southern Commands

Why are we holding this event now?

  • Human geography provides our troops with real-time knowledge and historical contexts to a specific geographical region troops are targeting
  • Important military figureheads and offices have identified the urgent need to more human geographical intelligence
  • Military Intelligence Program is receiving $18 billion per year, which emphasizes the Department of Defense support toward this program
  • The Human Terrain System (HTS), just one segment of Human Geography, has an annual operating budget exceeds $200 million
  • US CENTCOM is increasing the number of Human Terrain Teams from 22 to 31 teams in Afghanistan within the next two months
  • Oberon Associates, a subsidiary of CGI, has been awarded over $227 billion to run the US Army’s Human Terrain System (HTS)

Venue & Accommodation

Crystal City Marriott at Reagan National Airport
1999 Jefferson Davis Highway
Arlington, Virginia
22202, United States

The newly renovated Crystal City Marriott at Reagan National Airport is located steps from hip restaurants, iconic theaters & Pentagon City shopping, and is just a short Metro ride away from Washington, DC. Comfort and convenience define our newly renovated Crystal City hotel's accommodations, where each luxurious guest room and suite offers high-tech business amenities. Our Crystal City hotel also features a variety of event facilities and services ideal for Arlington wedding receptions, conferences, family reunions and meetings. Families and couples will enjoy a wide range of vacation packages - all with low rates and great amenities. Unique among hotels in Crystal City, our accommodations are ideally located one mile from Reagan National Airport and are a short commute to the downtown Washington, DC area. In addition, our Metro-accessible hotel in Crystal City provides convenient access to popular tourist attractions, including Arlington National Cemetery, the Kennedy Center and the Pentagon.

Group Rate: $219 plus 10% tax per night

Please identify you are part of the IDGA – Human Geography group to ensure the special rate, based on availability. Note that you are eligible for this rate three day prior and three days post the event, based on availability. Book your room prior to October 21, 2012.

Reservations Phone: (800) 228-9290

The summit agenda is available as PDF under downloads.


  • Colonel David Dimeo, Director, Center for Languages, Cultures and Regional Studies, US Military Academy
  • Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Lohman, Lead Human Geographer, US Military Academy
  • Oliver Barrett, Consultant, Janus Advisory, Inc.
  • COL Wiley Thompson, Department Head, US Military Academy
  • Bob Sharp, Assistant Professor, National Defense University
  • Dr. James Rubinstein, Professor, Human Geography, Miami University
  • Major Serge Da Deppo, Human Sciences Project Officer, NATO Transformation Command
  • Winston Beauchamp, Technical Executive, NGA
  • Dr. Raj Singh, Director, Interoperability Program, OGC
  • Christopher Tucker, Board of Directors, OGC
  • Andrew Hallman, Assistant Deputy DNI for Intelligence Integration (ADDNI/II), ODNI
  • Elizabeth Lyon, Geographer, US Army Corps of Engineers


Event details

12 November, 2012
14 November, 2012
Crystal City Marriott at Reagan National Airport
United States


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