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Culture, Conflict, and Counterinsurgency$
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Thomas H. Johnson and Barry Zellen

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780804785952

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804785952.001.0001

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Incorporating Cultural Intelligence into Joint Intelligence

Incorporating Cultural Intelligence into Joint Intelligence

Cultural Intelligence and Ethnographic Intelligence Theory

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Culture, Conflict, and Counterinsurgency

Alexei J. D. Gavriel

Stanford University Press

This chapter endeavors to demystify the practices of anthropology by integrating its unique concepts and collection methodologies. Two formal intelligence disciplines, Cultural intelligence (CULINT) and ethnographic intelligence (ETHINT), and their incorporation into existing joint intelligence infrastructure are examined. Initially, the discussion illustrates Cultural Intelligence largest misconception: the uncovering of a hidden code of a foreign society and that the mastering of this code allows unrestricted control of a population. Analysis of the credibility of information and the reliability of its sources depicts data collection techniques. Further discussion stresses that Cultural knowledge is only the onset of basic intelligence requirements in an operational environment. A level of cultural awareness is achieved only when the ’why’ of the social norms can be answered.

Keywords:   cultural relativism, cultural intelligence (CULINT), ethnographic intelligence (ETHINT), ethnographic collection, open-source intelligence (OSINT), imagery intelligence (IMINT), communications intelligence (COMINT), human intelligence (HUMINT), participant observation, nonparticipant observation

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