Cultural Dimensions of Strategy and Policy
ARMY WAR COLL STRATEGIC STUDIES INST CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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There has been a growing recognition in the post- Cold War era that culture has increasingly become a factor in determining the course of todays complex and interconnected world. The U.S. experience in Afghanistan and Iraq extended this trend to national security and military operations. One might call this the Department of Defenses cultural turn. The focus thus far has been on the importance of culture at the tactical and operational levels. There is also a growing recognition by the national security community that culture is an important factor at the policy and strategy levels. The ability to understand and appreciate the role and impact of culture on policy and strategy is increasingly seen as a critical strategic thinking skill. Cultural proficiency at the policy and strategic levels means the ability to consider history, values, ideology, politics, religion, and other cultural dimensions and assess their potential effect on policy and strategy. A more useful way to consider the role of culture in security studies than through the levels of war tactical, operational, and strategic is a framework that includes the following three dimensions cultural considerations at the individual level cultural considerations in tactical and operational level military operations and cultural considerations at the political and strategic levels.
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