What Are Some Interesting Features of Project Camelot?


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The U.S. Army initiated the counterinsurgency effort dubbed Project Camelot in 1964 via its American University-based Special Operations Research Office. With a set of specific countries in mind, predominantly those in South America, the undertaking compiled a multifarious brain trust consisting of experts in sociology, anthropology, economics and psychology to examine cultural-political aspects specific to those nations. By doing so, Project Camelot aimed to fine-tune the armed forces' abilities to gauge foreign-based societal trends and ultimately impact their development.

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Not unexpectedly, Project Camelot came under fire after Latin American academia uncovered the military-based source of funding, leading them to lambaste the enterprise as an act of American imperialism. In addition to Latin American targets such as Cuba, Colombia, Bolivia and Peru, the Army's Chief of Research and Development's directive entailed the completion of relativistic historical analyses covering Middle East countries, such as Egypt, Iran and Turkey; locales in the Far East, including Korea, Thailand and Malaysia; and other international hot-spots, such as Greece and Nigeria.

Camelot's end goal was the formulation of a comprehensive database of valuable information pertaining to foreign destinations of particular interest. The Special Operations Research Office eventually created sophisticated software able to sift through and dissect the data on its own, in order to determine the likely time and place of future societal upheaval.

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