Two of our papers have been accepted for the 2009 Interservice/industry Training, Simulation, and Education Conference November 30-December 3rd. The first paper by Karol G. Ross, William A. Ross, and Meagan C. Arrastia describes Cross-cultural Competence in the US Air Force today based on a series of interviews. Historically the US Army lead ground forces, but in recent years the operating environment has required additional men and women on the ground to assist in a variety of duties and missions, including security, logistics, civil affairs, and intelligence, all requiring a degree of cross-cultural competence. Findings and implications will be discussed.
The second paper to be presented describes the development and validation of themes for training coalition members working in Joint, Intergency, Intergovernmental, Multinational (JIIM) environments. The eight themes identifyed were generated from numerous interviews with joint force members and then validated through a series of focus groups with civil affairs officers. This project was a joint effort between CPG and Stottler-Henke with co-authors Karol G. Ross, Anna Grome (Applied Research Associates), Meagan C. Arrastia, Jim Ong, and Dave Spangler.