Social Sciences Support to Military Personnel Engaged in Counter-Insurgency and Counter-Terrorism Operations (Soutien en sciences sociales apporte au personnel militaire engage dans des operations de contre-insurrection et de contre-terrorisme)
NATO RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY ORGANIZATION NEUILLY-SUR-SEINE (FRANCE)
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Social Sciences Support to Military Personnel Engaged in Counter-Insurgency and Counter-Terrorism Operations is a report based on the NATO-Russia Human Factors and Medicine Research Task Group 172 Workshop held in St Petersburg, Russia, June 18-20, 2009. The group consisted of NATO member representatives meeting with their Russian and Ukrainian counterparts and was an extension of previous NATO-Russia activities held in Belgium at NATO headquarters, an Advanced Research Workshop held in Portugal, and the NATO-Russia Advisory Group, all occurring since the historic agreement following 9-11 between NATO and Russia to collaborate on counter-terrorism issues. This report includes findings and models on civilian, diplomatic and military resilience in those exposed to terrorism and counter-insurgency operations. Discussions focus on adequate preparation for combat, prevention of suicide, psychological mal-adaptations and post-traumatic stress disorder in combat veterans focusing on pre-deployment, during and postdeployment as well as the need for cultural awareness programs. Deradicalization and disengagement strategies for imprisoned terrorists are also discussed. Participants share lessons learned by Russia in Chechnya and Afghanistan and by NATO Nations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Support for the continued and future work between NATO and Russia from the NATO Research and Technology Organisation is also discussed.
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations
- Unconventional Warfare