The potential capacity of anthropological knowledge to provide assistance (as defined by the group) to the military establishment is rather limited. This constraint is especially relevant with regard to the promise embedded in the encounter between army and anthropology, and its inherent confrontation with both otherness and uncertainty. Whereas anthropology's relationship with otherness is a starting point for research aimed at deciphering the unique case as a human endeavor, the military’s attitude towards otherness is violent in nature and reflects the very purpose of the organization. The article is based on the writer's personal experience as an anthropologist in the US and in an IDF research institution. The article unveils the failure of the writer to make a connection between anthropology and the army concerning the work process at the research institute, since the assembly-line method is contrary to anthropological research strategies.