Cognitive Performance Group is working as part of a new Army Research Institute (ARI) team to conduct a Civil-Military Teaming study sponsored by the US Army Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute (PKSOI). The goal of the 12-month effort to understand the competencies that individuals need to perform proficiently in Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental, and Multinational (JIIM) environments. The results will be a competency model as well as training and education recommendations for the US Army.
The first part of the project will consist of a review of existing instructional programs and associated literature. In the second part of the project, the team will conduct interviews, observations, and focus groups. By analyzing the collected lived experiences of military and civilian actors, we will extract the expertise required for civil-military teaming. The outcome will be a competency model that helps us understand the skills needed to operate effectively in complex environments that can range from Stability Operations in Afghanistan to humanitarian assistance following natural disasters.
One of our first actions was attendance at the Fifth Annual Stability Operations Training & Education Conference, 26-28 October 2010 in Lansdowne VA, sponsored by PKSOI. The conference brought together trainers, educators and practitioners from the US and international government and military organizations, military and civilian peace and stability training centers, and academic institutions to present challenges and best practices.