Here is something for the learned readership to chew on.
As you are probably all aware, in the hard sciences it is common for research papers to be the product of large, multidiciplinary, teams with, for example, biochemists working with physicists, geneticists, bioinformatics experts, mathematicians and so on. In the social sciences and humanities, not so much. Traditional disciplinary boundaries and methodological conservatism often prevail or are even frequently the subject of heated disputes when someone begins to test the limits of academic culture
I’m not sure why this has to be so for any of us not punching the clock in an ivory tower.
The organizer of the Boyd & Beyond II Conference, Stan Coerr, a GS-15 Marine Corps, Colonel Marine Corps Reserve and Iraq combat veteran, several years ago, developed a very intriguing analytical outline of thirty years of Afghan War, which I recommend that you take a look at:
The Eagle and the Bear: First World Armies in Fourth World Insurgencies by Stan Coerr
There are many potential verges for collaboration in this outline – by my count, useful insights can be drawn by from the following fields:
I’m sure that I have missed a few.
It would be interesting to crowdsource this doc a little and get a discussion started. Before I go off on a riff about our unlamented Soviet friends, take a look and opine on any section or the whole in the comments section.