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Pentagon studies Putin's body language for clues

Pentagon Analyzing Putin's Body Language


As foreign policy analysts try to figure out just what Vladimir Putin's next move is, the best clues may lie in his body language.

As first reported by USA Today, there's a group of Pentagon researchers whose job it is to study the movements and gestures of foreign leaders, including Putin.

Experts say studying a person's nonverbal cues can offer insight into how they make decisions and react to events. Some argue studying Putin's body language could help determine his intentions in Ukraine.

On Friday, the Pentagon acknowledged such research but says it hasn't made a difference in the administration's decision-making on Ukraine.

Still, that hasn't kept other body language experts from looking for clues in Putin's most recent press conference.

"He does a chop with his hand. It's very aggressive. It's like a karate chop. It's very aggressive. He's trying to intimidate us with his non-verbals," said one analyst.

A professor at Texas Tech University who researches non-verbal communication explained to NBC Putin spoke calmly even though what he was saying was pretty "combative": "His demeanor is deceptive, precisely because it doesn't appear outwardly belligerent."

Perhaps because he's had some training. Allan Pease is a body language expert who has worked with Putin. Pease told The Moscow Times, one of the first things he taught the former KGB officer was to quit using the type of aggressive gestures you'd see in former Soviet politicians.

He added, "There is one specific piece of body language used by Russians, mostly men, and by no other nations. That is a Soviet face, Mr. Putin's specialty."

Since 1996, the Pentagon has also studied the body language of 15 different prominent figures, including Kim Jong-Un, Osama Bin Laden and Saddam Hussein.

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a cat March 09 2014 at 6:32 AM

OMG... the whole world can read him and our government has to "study" him?

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wbeaudreau March 09 2014 at 3:28 AM

For this we pay our taxes? My grandmother from the hills was an "expert" on the subject, too. She, like Putin, knew how to do the "chop"! I noticed that there were no conclusions about Putin's "language" other than perhaps he was trained to hide his real meaning. So really, Pentagon, what IS the point of spending all our money on such studies?

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dgallag588 March 08 2014 at 6:49 PM

Is he becoming a Stalin or Hitler? He is definately becoming very scary.

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markalink March 08 2014 at 6:50 PM

So how can you decipher stupid, arrogant, insane, untrustworthy, maniacal, tyrannical, and the list goes on by what he postures and presents in front of a camera when he's executing a seige in action and reality? Why all the Bull and namby pamby guessing games about his body language? WHY is this important and why is there no action worldwide to stop him? Do you think the people in the Ukraine and Crimea care about what they can tell about his "body language"? Have our politicians, experts, and government leaders themselves all just gone "around the bend" TOTALLY BONKERS?
A SHOUT OUT TO THE WORLD... (In my opinion) There's a Madman on the loose in charge of a country invading others! WAKE UP! WHY are you all (The world at large) sitting by allowing this to happen to these poor people all over again? OMG! No One will be able to ever say, "Oh gee, we didn't know!" Are all the world leaders on sedatives or something that they are all collectively "Brain Dead"? Stop the problem NOW before it becomes a bigger problem!

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alblonie116 markalink March 08 2014 at 7:14 PM

are you willing to volunteer your military services,on a nuclear battlefield?...The u.s needs a 'kisinger',type over there,to talk first..try defusing a bad situation first...it may work..and will be a lot cheaper overall,in the long run...if it does work,dont you think?

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readingisknowing markalink March 08 2014 at 9:19 PM

Clinton guaranteed to protect Ukraine and they gave up their Nukes and most of their military. Prez Oderf reaffirmed this in 2009. The Ukrainians should have had no problem reading THEIR body language! And yet they signed!! The people in Crimea WANT to join the Russian Federation and the Russians are NOT going to give up a warm-water port. (Kruschev did in 1954 for reasons that nobody could understand unless it was some back-handed way of diluting Ukraine with Russian ethnicity) Maybe the body language experts can figure out why Russia is backing Assad - Hint: Ports in Med and close to Suez)

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avenuesofoakland March 08 2014 at 10:44 PM

Some sixty seven percent of our communication is non verbal , i.e. body language . I can say to you have a nice day, and my body language, can say go to hell. Putin's body language in that press conference was saying. I do not care what you think ! I want a warm water port for mother Russia's Navy!

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George Cullins avenuesofoakland March 08 2014 at 11:39 PM

u ar exactly right, another place Putin can take his shirt off without getting his nipples hard.

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gone2conn March 08 2014 at 7:07 PM

adolph putin hosted the olympics then invaded poland.. er, ukraine. said it was to protect german..er, russian nationals. we know how that worked out.

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alblonie116 March 08 2014 at 7:08 PM

looking for clues in his body language?..How about sending a better diplomat over there,that can talk to him properly,instead of making Legalistic-Attorney-type-threats....Does the u.s.want another war there?...Is the u.s gonna send troops there?..is that what the pentagon wants? do they think they can work out a plan to defeat the russians,with nato's help? maybe,could be..They are going to need a 'Draft again',I can tell you that..They better resurect Field Marshal VonManstein...or be good military chess players..If the u,s ever suceeds in getting a war started with russia,we'r going to need everyone in the whole country in the military,or working for it...you can count me out.

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R2B2 March 08 2014 at 7:12 PM

One would hope that the U.S. Intelligence Agencies have more reliable sources of information than studying the body lanuage of foreign leaders.

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GARY R2B2 March 08 2014 at 7:58 PM

A better word would be the UNINTELLIGENCE AGENCIES! They are to recording the talk of US CITIizens

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wboozer@mail.com March 08 2014 at 7:23 PM

Are you kidding me? He might be squirming because his shorts are too tight. The grimace might be linked to indigestion and suppressing a burp. An irritating boil in his armpit might cause him to make shrugging gestures. I know that full employment is a goal, but to hire people for such a useless task is cronyism at its worst!

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andersonda54 March 08 2014 at 7:37 PM

look at ob pulling out the big guns ,maybe he will have acorn take a pole vote on results of this study

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peteycat915 andersonda54 March 08 2014 at 7:46 PM

What is a pole vote?

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BOB peteycat915 March 08 2014 at 7:50 PM

LIke Obmama pronounces Marine Corps

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