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Reagan’s 1987 UN speech on ‘alien threat’ resonates now

On Sept. 21, 1987, then-U.S. President Ronald Reagan gave an address to the United Nations General Assembly. In an often-quoted section of his speech, Reagan asked rhetorical questions and commented about the nations and cultures of the world uniting in common efforts to live in peace and avoid wars and bloodshed. 

“Cannot swords be turned to plowshares? Can we and all nations not live in peace? In our obsession with antagonisms of the moment, we often forget how much unites all the members of humanity,” Reagan said. 

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The Japanese-American U.S. Army Intelligence Unit that helped win WWII

The Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center in Monterey, California, traces its roots to the secret World War II U.S. Army intelligence unit comprised of Japanese-Americans – the Military Intelligence Service (MIS). 

Then, as now, we needed to succeed militarily and also communicate with other cultures and nations. 

The MIS was started in late 1941 as a unit to train Japanese-Americans (Nisei) to conduct translation and interrogation activities. MIS men came mostly from Hawaii and the West Coast.

Human perception key in hard power, soft power, smart power

Back in 2009, news reports explained that a U.S. intelligence operative in Afghanistan had provided Viagra to an older tribal and community leader who had several younger wives. The story triggered humor, concern and insight about working closely with indigenous populations in Afghanistan elsewhere.

This case shows us that interacting with indigenous people – so that they may consider being friends of Americans instead of enemies – can be approached in various ways, conventional and unconventional.

Navy Research Project on Intuition

The U.S. Navy’s Office of Naval Research (ONR) has begun a four-year project to identify, understand and use “intuitive decision-making” and what is being termed “implicit learning.”

Can this type of research enhance human relations across cultures? There seem to be indications that such training and skills could impact a wide range of U.S. efforts.

Storytelling affects human biology, beliefs, behavior

Read any good books lately? How about a compelling TV drama or movie? We all like a good story, and good stories can affect us in significant ways.

As a result, the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has been researching how storytelling affects you, me and other people around the world.

Metacognitive Strategies for Making Sense of Cross-Cultural Encounters

Winston R. Sieck, Jennifer L. Smith, and Louise J. Rasmussen

As cross-cultural interactions become more commonplace and of shorter durations, understanding the abilities that enable some sojourners to function competently in unfamiliar cultural contexts is i

Military Intelligence Professional Bulletin

The U.S. Army Intelligence Center of Excellence published the Fall Quarter Issue of the Military Intelligence Professional Bulletin(MIPB). MIPB presents information designed to keep intelligence professionals informed of current and emerging developments within the field and provides an open forum in which ideas;concepts; tactics, techniques, and procedures; historical perspectives;problems and solutions, etc., can be exchanged and discussed for purposes of professional development.