Pentagon Analyzes Putin's ... Body Language
And spends lots of money to do so
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 8, 2014 8:51 AM CST
A Dec. 19 photo of Vladimir Putin.   (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

(Newser) – How to figure out what Vladimir Putin might be up to next? You might stare into his eyes to plumb his soul, as George W. Bush famously did. Or you can spend serious money to study his body language, as the Pentagon has done. Defense officials confirmed yesterday that they've commissioned two such studies, one in 2008 and the other in 2012, reports NBC News. In fact, the Pentagon has shelled out $300,000 since 2009 to study the body movements of Putin and other world figures, though no Americans are among them.

It's called the "Body Leads" project, and USA Today explains that it builds off research that first emerged in the 1940s. Here's a taste:

  • Researchers "believed each individual has a unique 'body signature' consisting of how one body movement links to the next. These 'posture/gesture mergers' can lead investigators to learn more about a person's thinking processes and relative truthfulness when matched with what the person says."
Sound a little strange? Apparently, the Pentagon itself thinks so. The studies "have not informed any policy decisions of the Department of Defense,” the Pentagon's press secretary insisted yesterday. He added that defense chief Chuck Hagel hasn't read the studies of Putin, notes the Wall Street Journal.

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Mar 10, 2014 8:51 AM CDT
Just like our CIA, Putin is old school KGB. I am pretty sure this is all BS. He is aware of these things & to assume you know something without really knowing is utter BS. they could not predict his moves before & they will not help predict his next move. World Politics is a very complicated game of chess. I feel putin have proven his skills.
Mar 10, 2014 1:14 AM CDT
The pentagon will edit the tapes down to Putin's most macho moves and send it to BO who will mimic them so he doesn't look like such a percy............
Mar 9, 2014 10:58 AM CDT
I thought the middle finger(BIRD) was part of his body language.