Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Guide - "Civil-Military-Police Language Guide"

This publication - a language guide for those personnel working in conflict zones provided by the Australian Civil-Military Centre - is ideal for those working in the military, police, humanitarian, or development sectors in Afghanistan. There are many different 'cultures' in Afghanistan. The first and most obvious is the Afghan culture. But also important are the differing cultures within the international community working in Afghanistan - from the military of Resolute Support, the police trainers of EUPOL, or the many humanitarian workers belonging to the hundreds of international organizations working in the development, government, and humanitarian sectors. The document is 80 pages long and worth taking a look at. An abstract from the introduction is provided below.
"The civil-military-police community is as diverse as it is broad. It contains a wide range of actors who employ varying methodologies, use a variety of techniques, utilize unique equipment and often pursue different objectives in service of different masters. Diversity is a strength of the civil-military-police domain, although a common understanding is require between community members to realize that strength. The range of different terminology employed across the civil-military-police community can make it difficult to form a common understanding. Strategic level decision making should be driven by shared information and understandings. A Civil-Military-Police Language Guide can help ensure that information sourced from the operational level is precise, consistent and unambiguous. The demand for these qualities increase during crises."
"Civil-Military-Police Language Guide", Australian Civil-Military Centre, March 26, 2015.

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