Cultural Awareness and Military Operations Term Paper by Nicky

A discussion on how cultural awareness must impact military operations.
# 151098 | 1,799 words | 4 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published on May 22, 2012 in Anthropology (Cultural) , Military (General)

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The paper explains the importance of cultural awareness to military operations and how these operations must be adjusted based both on the culture of the military unit and the culture of the area in which the unit is operating. The paper discusses how culture is learned, in a constant state of change, is built on symbols, is an integration of several smaller interconnected and interdependent systems, and almost always goes unnoticed by the members of a given culture living in a society of the same culture. The paper clearly shows how a strong cultural awareness can allow military contact and interactions to be mutually beneficial.

Culture is Learned
Cultures Change
Culture is Symbolic
Culture is Integrated
Culture is Unseen

From the Paper:

"This leads directly into another of the most essential elements of culture, namely that it is not fixed, but rather is in a constant state of change, especially in the modern era of multiculturalism. Change means that as new beliefs, attitudes, and artifacts are added to a culture, others are dropped, which can be interpreted in different ways by different members of the culture (O'Neil 2007). All cultures are constantly changing, but different factors can influence the rate of change that a particular culture is changing, and massive changes in technological development, economic opportunity, and political structure are two of the biggest factors that can speed up the rate of change of a specific given culture (O'Neil 2007).
"This has enormous implications for military operations being conducted in countries that are still developing a first world infrastructure, and/or that have experienced sever social and political repression. Again, the current United States operations in the Middle East serve as prime examples of this fact. Even the details of city life, planning, and utilization by fighting forces has changed drastically since United States operations began in the cities of Iraq (DiMarco 2003)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • DiMarco, L. (2003). Traditions, changes, and challenges : Military operations and the Middle Eastern city. Diane Publsihing.
  • Harrison, D.; Light, L. & Rothschild-Boros, M. (2008). Cultural anthropology: Our diverse world. New York: Wadsworth.
  • Hoskins, B. (2007). "Religion and other cultural variable in modern operational environments." Accessed 16 October 2009.
  • O'Neil, D. (2007). "Characteristics of Culture." Accessed 16 October 2009.

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