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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.

25 Cultural Faux Pas You Don't Want to Commit While Traveling

Believe it or not there are a lot of things you do everyday that would be considered completely disrespectful and rude in other parts of the world. Take for example when Richard Nixon flicked off the entire country of Brazil by waving the “a-ok” sign from the steps of Air Force One. Of course, you might just be an average traveler so who will really bother you if you mess up a little bit. Well, don’t say we didn’t warn you. Although most of the items on this list are silly or laughable, not heeding others can cost you your very life.

Can Video Games Help to Prevent Culture Shock in War?

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.