Trust as a Currency: The Role of Relationships in the Human Domain
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLLEGE FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES
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Completely absent from the U.S. military lexicon just two years ago, the term Human Domain has become a central concept for discussion and development at all levels across the joint force. Acknowledging the emergence and significance of this new domain, this work determines if the Human Domain is in fact distinct from the other domains, and identifies its unique characteristics and determinants for success within this space. Using the case study of Russell Volckmann and his resistance operations against the Japanese occupation of the Philippines, the monograph highlights the application of these characteristics and determinants for success in a historical example. Finally, this monograph makes recommendations related to the selection of attributes, as well as the development of competencies and approaches that lead to success within the Human Domain. Specific attributes and competencies related to the development of trust are necessary to achieve any level of success in this space. In many cases, the highest level of control possible may be access, understanding, or at best influence.