PROMOTING CIVIC ACTION IN LESS DEVELOPED NATIONS: A CONCEPTUALIZATION OF THE U.S. MILITARY MISSION ROLE.
GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIV ALEXANDRIA VA HUMAN RESOURCES RESEARCH OFFICE
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In its efforts to promote innovations among the host-country military in the less developed nations, the U.S. military mission may not be able to function effectively in the role of expert advisor because the military system of the host country may lack many of the characteristics necessary for adopting innovations. Under such conditions it is more fruitful to think of the missions role as helping develop the conditions under which the innovations will be adopted. This role is particularly appropriate for the missions efforts to promote civic action conceived as the development of peoples capacities in countries where the militarys acceptance of civic action as one of their main functions constitutes a radial social innovation. Mission responsibilities in the performance of this role are outlined and some implications of the concepts proposed are offered. Author
- Government and Political Science
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- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics