Accession Number:

AD1144081

Title:

Why the Study of History is Important for Military Professionals?

Descriptive Note:

[Technical Report, Research Paper]

Corporate Author:

ARMY SERGEANTS MAJOR ACADEMY

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2008-01-03

Pagination or Media Count:

11

Abstract:

During the past century our nation has dealt with numerous counterinsurgency conflicts. In these conflicts the U.S. Military has repeatedly had a difficult time dealing with an asymmetrical environment in which cultural understanding place such an important role. We will examine three different situations where the U.S. Military either failed or succeeded in applying cultural awareness to counterinsurgency conflicts. The Philippines, Vietnam, and Operation Iraqi Freedom all have positive examples where U.S. leaders applied cultural understanding. Had the senior leadership, taken into account, the advice from the leaders on the ground history may very well have turned out a lot different. However, in these campaigns there are also examples of leaders failing to understand the culture and people involved in counterinsurgency conflicts that the odds of resolving the conflicts seem insurmountable.

Descriptors:

Subject Categories:

  • Sociology and Law
  • Humanities and History
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

[A, Approved For Public Release]