“Towards a Holistic Approach to Culture”
Civil-Military Cooperation Centre of Excellence – A Catalyst for holistic change and integration of the civil and military aspects of Cross-Cultural Competence – A key for Operational Relevance in Civil-Military Interaction and interoperability in Civil-Military Cooperation
The overall purpose of every military mission is “operational success” and a large part of that operational success is instrumental on how well we respond to the challenges of culture in all dimensions of its diversity and complexity. For a professional soldier culture has become much more “operationally relevant” than initially anticipated when operational paradigms changed from classical conventional warfare to the military`s engagement in complex emergencies and conflicts.
This challenge in military design is the main focus of work effort at the Civil-Military Co-operation Centre of Excellence (CCOE). A thorough understanding of civil actors, their principles, procedures, mindset, and culture is essential in advising its Sponsoring Nations, NATO and other international organisations on how to implement effective civil-military interaction; conversely offering opportunities to civil actors to learn and to understand the military. The CCOE working in conjunction with the civilian community can assist in providing clarity in a holistic view of culture as it applies to safeguarding operational success.
For the CCOE it is analytically relevant in the following dimensions:
To adapt to a changing conflict environment and for operational success the military needs to keep the following points in mind: