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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.

6 Interesting Japanese Manners & Customs

Our guest blogger discusses some manners and customs to keep in mind when traveling to Japan.

Ringing in the Year of the Pig

February 5th marked the Chinese New Year, and the start of 15 days of celebrations. Find out more about the holiday's traditions in our latest blog.

Wrestling, footy, wife-carrying: unique sports around the world

The new year is often a time to think about taking on new hobbies and fitness goals. One fun way is to find inspiration from some unique sports popular around the world like wrestling, Australian rules football, kabaddi, and, yes, wife-carrying.

Want to do Research on Cultural Studies for the Department of Defense?

The Homeland Defense and Security Information Analysis Center (HDIAC) is a Department of Defense sponsored organization through the Defense Technical Information Center. HDIAC is one of three Information Analysis Centers (IAC). The IACs are responsible for acquiring, analyzing, and disseminating relevant scientific and technical information in support of the DoD and U.S. government research and development activities.

Hygge - The Nordic Way of Happiness Through Winter

So the days are short and the night is cold.  How will you make it through?  Try the Danish tradition of Hygge!

Hygge, loosely translated as "cozy" and pronounced "hooga", is centered around the idea of including cozy things in day-to-day routines to create warmth, community, and intimacy. 

Valenki: Russia's Solution to Cold Feet

What are valenki, and why are they unique? Today we look at the traditional Russian felt boot.

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.