The UIR Framework: An Approach to Developing Culturally Savvy Logisticians
Strategy research project
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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An important long-term realization that has resulted from the Global War on Terror and the current counterinsurgency operations occurring in Iraq and Afghanistan is the explosion of needed cultural awareness insights that in itself has arguably created a cultural awareness revolution within the military services. The Department of Defense and the military services have placed an incredible amount of emphasis and resources to fuel this cultural awareness explosion. This paper discusses the origins of this recognized requirement for culturally savvy leaders and briefly highlights the Armys concept of the Pentathlete leader. It then examines the recommendations of the Armys Review of Education, Training and Assignments for Leaders Task Force and identifies a potential gap in the development of culturally savvy leaders. This paper introduces the Understand, Immerse, and Reinforce UIR Framework developed by the author as a complimentary approach to potentially fill this gap. The paper also shows how it can be applied to an Army logisticians career to demonstrate a complimentary method of increasing cross-cultural savvy and thereby providing additional benefits to the military services.
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
- Humanities and History