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Applications in Operational Culture: Perspectives From The Field (ePub eBook)

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Applications in Operational Culture: Perspectives From The Field (ePub eBook)
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As the U.S. military has learned in Iraq and Afghanistan, working effectively with local populations is essential to operational success. In the past few years, all of the services have developed cultural education and training programs to prepare their members for operating overseas. To date, however, there has been no systematic effort to record and analyze the cultural lessons learned by these service members once they return from the field.

Applications in Operational Culture: Perspectives from the Field presents six essays by experienced field-grade officers on the challenges, successes, and future warfighting problems of applying culture to military operations. The chapters in this book focus on a spectrum of issues relevant to today's Marines and other service members. These include essays on the cultural and practical difficulties of training the Iraqi army; understanding tribal factors in Afghanistan; questioning the applicability of Maslow's hierarchy in Iraqi culture; and developing a cultural training program for the Australian army. Drawing on cultural concepts developed in the companion text, Operational Culture for the Warfighter, the six contributors to this book turn theory into practice, evaluating the challenges of applying cultural principles to the realities of today's field environments.

Table of Contents

Foreword......................................................................................ix
By Major General Donald R. Gardner, USMC (Ret)
Acknowledgments ......................................................................xi
Introduction .................................................................................1
Operational Culture and the Marine Corps:A Historical
Perspective......................................................................................3
Creating Sound Cultural Analyses for the Military .....................5
Lessons Learned.........................................................................7
Planning for the 21st Century..................................................10
Chapter One: Maslow is Non-Deployable: Modifying Maslow’s
Hierarchy for Contemporary Counterinsurgency
by Major Jonathan Dunne, USMC .........................................15
Statement of the Problem ........................................................16
Operational Culture Defined ...................................................16
Understanding Ourselves through Maslow .............................19
The Iraq Case: Reassessing Maslow ..........................................19
Discussion of Findings .............................................................23
Conclusion ...............................................................................26
Chapter Two:The Use of Cultural Studies in Military Operations:A
Model for Assessing Values-Based Differences
by Lieutenant Colonel Alejandro P.Briceno, USMC...............29
Culture and Military Operations ..............................................31
Cultural Values Defined............................................................32
Military Application of Cultural Intelligence............................35
A Cultural Values Model............................................................37
Applications of the Model to a Case Study: Kuwait..................40
Discussion of Findings .............................................................43
Conclusion ...............................................................................44
Chapter Three: Developing the Iraqi Army:The Long Fight in the
Long War
by Major John F.Bilas, USMC..................................................49
Methodology............................................................................50
Background Information..........................................................52
The Surge—Operation Fardh-Al Qanoon
and the Awakening...................................................................55
How the Surge Affected Logistics, Personnel, and Pay .............59
Iraqi Brigade (1st BDE, 2d Div) Progress in Mosul, Iraq ...........68
Discussion................................................................................69
Recommendations ...................................................................70
Conclusion ...............................................................................74
Chapter Four: The Way Ahead: Reclaiming the Pashtun Tribes
through Joint Tribal Engagement
by Major Randall S.Hoffman, USMC .....................................79
Afghanistan at the Crossroads ..................................................82
Tribal Engagement:The Center of Gravity................................83
The Pashtun:A House Divided..................................................85
Reengaging the Pashtuns to Strengthen
Kabul’s Legitimacy ...................................................................98
Breakdown and Relationship of the Joint Teams ...................101
Conclusion .............................................................................113
Chapter Five:The Application of Cultural Military Education
for 2025
by Major Robert T.Castro, USMC..........................................117
Cultural Anthropology and Irregular Warfare Operations......118
Getting Culture on Board.......................................................125
The Reinvention of the Wheel: Culture in Past
Military Operations ................................................................126
Educating for the Future ........................................................128
Conclusion .............................................................................132
Chapter Six: Operational Culture: Is the Australian Army Driving
the Train or Left Standing at the Station?
By Lieutenant Colonel Steven Brain, Australian Army.......135
Defining Culture ....................................................................137
Culture and Future Warfare....................................................141
The Australian Army: Operational Culture in Education
and Training............................................................................143
Conclusion .............................................................................151
Conclusion................................................................................155
Cultural Role of Time .............................................................156
Military Personnel ..................................................................156
Cultural Reality of the Area of Operations .............................158
Cultural Challenges of our Own Military...............................159
Appendixes
Appendix A. Iraqi Army Logistics Data, 2006-2007 .................161
Appendix B. Iraqi Army Pay, 2006-2007 ..................................165
Appendix C. Growth of the Iraqi Army ..................................171
Appendix D. Case Examples of Culture and
Operations Iraq ......................................................................173

Audience

Military leaders and members, defense organizations and defense contractors, policymakers and members of government, and military strategists will all benefit from the information in this publication about how to approach the cultural challenges inherent in the U.S. presence in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Product Details

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$7.99
Publisher:
U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps/USMC, U.S. Marine Corps University Press
Year/Pages:
2012, 197 pages

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