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September 4, 2015

The Africa Contingency Operations Training and Assistance (ACOTA) program is funded and managed by the U.S.Department of State. The initiative is designed to improve African militaries’ capabilities by providing selected training and equipment necessary for multinational peace support operations. U.S. Africa Command supports the ACOTA program by providing military mentors, trainers, and advisors at the request of the State Department. ACOTA provides a full range of peacekeeping training and instruction tailored to match a country’s needs and capabilities. The program focuses on sub-Saharan...

June 2, 2015

The Leader Development and Education for Sustained Peace Program provides a cultural, regional and socio-political framework that sets the stage for leaders to understand, visualize, describe and assess the operational variables in regions/countries of interest.  Audience is the leadership of O6 and higher commands supporting Regionally Aligned Brigades/Regionally Aligned Forces, Korea Forces, and NATO allies supporting SFA and ISAF missions in Afghanistan.

LDESP is a collaborative educational program designed and facilitated by scholars from leading educational institutes,...

DLNSEO Culture Team
April 14, 2015

The ability to communicate and relate across cultures is an important ability. But a more pertinent question in the culture community is 'how can we measure this ability'? These are some tools that help us to understand our own culture readiness. The tools are used to generate discussion and reflection.

  Global Competencies Inventory (GCI)

The GCI assesses the individual’s capacity for intercultural adjustment in three areas

mental approaches cultural differences developing and maintaining relationships with others ability to manage thoughts, emotions...
TRADOC Culture Center
November 21, 2014

What do you know anout Bolivia?  Here are a few key facts and a link to TRADOC's smart card which you can print to take with you.

Population: approximately 10.5 million ‹‹ Capitals: La Paz (government); Sucre (legal) ‹‹ Sparsely populated: five people per square mile ‹‹ 3rd largest coca producing country in the world ‹‹ “Indigenous” majority country ‹‹ High income disparity between rich and poor Coca production in Bolivia finances criminal activity and affects security in other South American nations, principally Brazil. President Evo Morales, who is of indigenous (Aymara...
November 21, 2014

War themed video games are common, and the general consensus is that these types of games actually desensitize youth to the empathy required in real world conflict situations.  However, Alelo is lookinng at ways to use gaming technologies to do the opposite, to prepare military members for other cultures and actually prevent culture shock.

Alelo's VRP MIL (Virtual Role Players for Military Training Environments) provides an immersion experience to provide troops with a culturally and linguistically challenging scenarios.  The games allow...

August 11, 2014

For a long time the outside world accused Yazidis of being "Devil-worshippers".  One of the most persecuted minorities in the Middle East, they face a possible genocide by advancing Islamic extremists.  Right now their culture is under attack as they gather atop Mount Sinjar.  Here are a few facts about this community to help you understand a little bit more about who they are:

They worship a fallen angel, the Malek Tawwus, or Peacock Angel. Unlike Satan, the Yazidis' angel was supposedly forgiven by God and returned to heaven

Even the mention of the...

DLNSEO Culture Team
August 5, 2014

The Social, Humanitarian Cultural Commitee (Third Committee) of the sixty-eighth session of the General Assembly, is chaired by H.E. Stephan Tafrov of Bulgaria. The General Assembly allocates to its Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Affairs Committee, commonly referred to as the "Third Committee", agenda items relating to a range of social, humanitarian affairs and human rights issues that affect people all over the world.  As in previous sessions, an important part of the work of the Committee will focus on the examination of human rights questions, including reports of the special...