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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.

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.

Public Transportation in Japan

A service member provides tips for navigating public transportation in Japan.

Japanese Festivals

A retired service member describes Japanese festivals.

Japan's Cash-Based Economy

A service member describes Japan's cash-based economy.

Yokohama

A retired service member describes Yokohama's history and openness to foreigners.