Accession Number:

ADA591135

Title:

Advancing Gender Considerations in Military Operations

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis

Corporate Author:

ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLLEGE FORT LEAVENWORTH KS

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2013-06-13

Pagination or Media Count:

89.0

Abstract:

The U.S. military is in the beginning stages of institutionalizing gender considerations in operations and senior leaders are still developing methods to best leverage women in combat. Currently there are strategy, policy, and activity gaps at the international, national, and Department of Defense DoD levels that trace back to the landmark United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 2000 for women, peace, and security. Furthermore, the DoD is currently seeking research to develop guidance in response to the prescribed activities of the United States National Action Plan NAP on Women, Peace, and Security. One of these prescribed activities calls for the DoD to Leverage the participation of female U.S. military personnel to encourage and model gender integration and reach out to female and male populations in partner nations Obama 2011. During the war in Afghanistan, there have been numerous lessons learned from gender integration in operations. Many have come from female population engagements by military Female Engagement Teams FETs and Cultural Support Teams CSTs. Analysis of these lessons learned has determined best practices and recommendations for application in ongoing and future operations. As the U.S. military continues to work bilaterally with NATO and foreign militaries, the opportunity exists for the U.S. military to study and potentially adopt methods of gender mainstreaming in operations for interoperability and insight into operations. This study seeks to answer the following primary question How can gender mainstreaming be further integrated into U.S. military operations Secondary research questions are as follows 1 Why does the military need a gender approach, 2 What did we learn in Afghanistan from integrating a gender perspective, 3 What is NATOs policy for gender mainstreaming in operations, and 4 What are some examples of foreign strategies for gender considerations in military operations

Subject Categories:

  • Sociology and Law
  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE