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Regional Expertise

Measuring and Reporting Leadership and Core Competency Domains

This interim report summarizes the results of an independent assessment of Department of Defense (DoD) personnel systems and databases, focused on the identification and differentiation of what personnel data exist, where, and at what organizational level, as well as what is done with those data.

Regional Expertise and Cultural Proficiency

This report describes the development of an operational tool for planners that enables them to identify REC capability requirements during the planning process.

The Infusion of Language, Regional, and Cultural Content into Military Education

This report documents IDA’s examination of the infusion of language, regional, and cultural (LRC) content into Professional Military Education (PME) across the Services, from pre-commissioning through the General Officer/Flag Officer (GO/FO) level.

Voting Around the World

Last week, the United States held its midterm elections. Today we look at how many people turn out to vote in other countries around the world, as well as at how they vote.

Celebrating the Festival of Lights

This week, the Hindu population in India and around the world celebrated Diwali, the festival of lights. Here we explore the meaning behind the festival, and how it is celebrated.

Staying Warm During a Polish Winter

Guest blogger Jordan Napier writes about how to stay warm the Polish way.

Korean Age and Actual Age

Koreans have a interesting way of calculating age. When you are born, you are already one year old, and then you get another year older when New Year's Day passes.  Imagine celebrating your birthday along with everyone else that was born in the same year as you!  Everyone born on the same calendar year effectively has the same Korean age and can easily be calculated by the formula: Age = (Current Year − Birth Year) + 1

Okinawa

A service member discusses Okinawan cultural differences.

Confucianism in Japan

A Japanese national discusses the influence of Confucianism on Japanese society.

Geography of Japan

A retired service member discusses the geography of Japan.