The continued demonization of the humanities and social sciences by the US media is a consistent theme being propagated. This is justified by the often dismal employment prospects and salaries associated with degrees in these fields. Like everything else in the US, monetary gain serves to provide the necessary incentive for students even at the expense of personal interest and intellectual curiosity.
The hypocritical counterbalance to this stance, is the co-opting of the social sciences as a means of providing the Intelligence apparatus in the US with the tools and skill set necessary to wage a future counterinsurgency war, that can effectively be applied on both foreign and domestic applications.
Post 9/11 changes on American university campuses transformed university classrooms into covert training grounds for the CIA and other agencies in ways that increasingly threaten fundamental principles of academic openness as well as the integrity of a wide array of academic disciplines. Several programs developed in the past half decade found new ways to secretly place students with undisclosed ties to the CIA, FBI, NSA, the Defense Intelligence Agency and Homeland Security in American university classroom.
Prof. David Price has written a revealing work on the subject which provides both historical and current evidence of this growing tactical trend. It would appear that the need for being proactive in both peace and wartime requires serious examination of all available tools in the potential service of authoritarian imperialism.
Social science has increasingly provided a unique advantage for unconventional warfare. One interesting and potentially alarming aspect is the application in domestic operations as opposed to foreign covert surveillance and intelligence collection.