Accession Number:

ADA427334

Title:

Swimming With the Natives: Cultural Immersion and Its Applications to Naval Special Warfare

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis

Corporate Author:

NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2004-09-01

Pagination or Media Count:

119.0

Abstract:

The New Enemy hides in the shadows of anonymity. As of September 11, 2001, combat in todays world is much more challenging and requires a better understanding of the enemy and his support infrastructure. There is a renewed interest in human intelligence HUMINT as expressed by the US Department of Defense and Intelligence Agencies. But HUMINT is only data collected by human sources about an individual or group of individuals and their activities. Cultural Immersion is a step above mere data collection and it allows its practitioners to understand the thought processes andor the routines of questionable individuals or groups. Cultural immersion is a skill set that allows missions to develop and execute with smooth transitions. It does not guarantee mission success but certainly assures greater mission success than can be achieved operating without it. Cultural immersion equalizes the playing field when USCoalition forces are operating in foreign lands against otherwise invisible or immersed enemies. This thesis examines various aspects of cultural immersion, how they relate to warfare, and proposes recommendations for cultural immersion supporting present day Naval Special Warfare NSW missions. The intent is to provide decision makers a viable option for actionable intelligence during the Global War on Terrorism.

Subject Categories:

  • Sociology and Law
  • Military Intelligence
  • Unconventional Warfare

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE