Accession Number:

ADA429682

Title:

The Role of Cultural Understanding and Language Training in Unconventional Warfare

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis

Corporate Author:

NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2004-12-01

Pagination or Media Count:

97.0

Abstract:

The level of violence in the world has not only steadily increased over the last decades, but it also has shifted in nature from conventional to unconventional. Given these circumstances, Romanias national interests call for the development of unconventional capabilities that are necessary to deal with current and future low-intensity conflicts. This thesis analyzes the influence of language training and cultural understanding on the overall success of counterinsurgency campaigns. After examining some situations in which United States and British forces carried out counterinsurgency operations, the author reveals that ground troops with foreign-language skills and cultural training were able to work more efficiently with the local population than troops without such training. Cultural awareness facilitated communication and developed interpersonal trust. Additionally, language and cultural training enhanced military personnels ability to understand the operational environment and to make a more selective use of force. The purpose of this thesis is not to promote a departure from conventional military training, but rather to propose the development of new Rumanian military capabilities, the performance of which will increase through a better exploitation of language and cultural resources.

Subject Categories:

  • Sociology and Law
  • Linguistics
  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Unconventional Warfare

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE