Foreign Culture and its Effect on US DoD Efforts to Train and Advise Foreign Security Forces
By Aaron Taliaferro, Wade Hinkle, and Alexander Gallo
Small Wars Journal
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U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Brittany Martin, right, a public affairs officer with the Laghman Provincial Reconstruction Team, working with 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry Regiment, Task Force Ironman, which is part of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division, presents a certificate to an Afghan journalism seminar participant at the Information, Culture and Youth Center in Mehtar Lam, Laghman province, Afghanistan, Feb. 23, 2011. (DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Ryan C. Matson, U.S. Army/Released)
Nov. 26, 2014 —
US security assistance has traditionally been built on Western cultural norms - characteristics not present the locations most in need of assistance today. However, the private sector and NGOs have experience DoD should learn from and adapt into its training and education programs. This essay presents what has been learned from the perspective of non-security capacity development efforts as well as our practitioners’ perspective and observations on the effectiveness of DOD’s post 9/11 efforts to train and advise foreign security forces.
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