Accession Number : ADA485113


Title :   The American Military Advisor: Dealing with Senior Foreign Officials in the Islamic World


Descriptive Note : Monograph


Corporate Author : ARMY WAR COLL STRATEGIC STUDIES INST CARLISLE BARRACKS PA


Personal Author(s) : Metrinko, Michael J


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a485113.pdf


Report Date : Aug 2008


Pagination or Media Count : 96


Abstract : The American Military Advisor: Dealing with Senior Foreign Officials in the Islamic World is a comprehensive guide for American military officers assigned as advisors to regional officials in places very different from the United States. Starting with a definition of terms and a brief description of the advisory role, it brings the reader into today's Islamic political and social context, pointing out the complexities inherent in the advisory position, as well as the tools an advisor must use to perform successfully. The precepts and examples in the text are based on the personal experiences of a number of diplomats and military officers who have seen extensive service in the Islamic world and in many conflict zones. The text is not a simple list of do's and don'ts, but rather it explains the type of questions that an advisor should ask, the preparations he should make, and the characteristics he should display to complete his advisory mission successfully. The advisory role is at best loosely defined in military career terms, and realities on the ground further complicate the advisory mission. These include differences in American and foreign perception of the advisory position, differences in the way Americans and host country officials view timelines, the impact of the local calendar on the advisor's work, and the importance of cultural adaptation and intellectual openness. In the end, establishing personal rapport with a host country official is the basis for success as an advisor, and the qualities in an advisor's personality that allow for such a relationship are difficult to quantify. A good advisor's skill set includes language ability, cross-cultural adaptation and knowledge, and a solid foundation in American history and politics, as well as expertise in his particular military field. The advisor's role is essential in today's American political and military environment.


Descriptors :   *SKILLS , *MILITARY ADVISORS , *INTERPERSONAL RELATIONS , *PERSONALITY , *QUALIFICATIONS , *CROSS CULTURE(SOCIOLOGY) , *ISLAM , MISSIONS , ADVISORY ACTIVITIES , CIVILIAN PERSONNEL , OFFICER PERSONNEL , ADAPTATION , PREPARATION , MILITARY FORCES(FOREIGN) , FOREIGN LANGUAGES , PERCEPTION(PSYCHOLOGY) , GOVERNMENT(FOREIGN) , DIPLOMATS , CAREERS


Subject Categories : Psychology
      Personnel Management and Labor Relations
      Military Forces and Organizations


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE