Military NGO Interaction: The Value of Cultural Competence
MARINE CORPS COMMAND AND STAFF COLL QUANTICO VA
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Military and Non-Governmental Organizations have difficulty working together and communicating effectively because their organizational cultures, perspectives, goals, and language are vastly different. By understanding the substantive differences between their respective organizational cultures, and applying basic cross-cultural communication techniques, military leaders can communicate more effectively with civilian partners. Individuals with experience in both the military and civilian occupations can effectively serve as bridges between the two communities. OPERATION PROVIDE COMFORT, the mission to assist the Kurds in Northern Iraq in 1991, and OPERATION UNIFIED RESPONSE, the joint, combined, and interagency response to the earthquake in Haiti in 2010, provide case studies to examine the applicability and validity of these ideas.
- Government and Political Science
- Military Forces and Organizations