Back in March, I wrote that Texas wasn’t being invaded in exercise Jade Helm 2015. The exercise isn’t about confiscating guns, and it won’t involve violations of Posse Comitatus.
I’ve updated information as it has come along on the exercise: when Texas Governor Greg Abbott decided to have the Guard monitor it (which I support), and when it became clear that the exercise is to be spread geographically further across Texas than originally briefed (which bears watching).
Now it’s time to take on a theme that has taken off over the last month. The Jade Helm exercise motto is “Master the Human Domain,” which has been a head-scratcher for many. The expression “human domain” comes from a Department of Defense effort, dating from the mid-2000s, to codify and plan for the environment of human activity in which the military has to operate during non-traditional missions.
There are three things to say up front. One, it does matter that this was chosen as the motto of the exercise. It’s not just a cute slogan; it means the exercise is focused on “mastering the human domain.”
Two, almost all of the speculation I’ve seen out there on what “mastering the human domain” is about appears to be profoundly mistaken. It’s not about eugenics, for example. Nor do attempts to break down the words “Jade” and “Helm” as acronyms lead to anything validly connected to the DOD human domain effort.*
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