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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 the Institute of Defense Analyses' 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.

Thanksgiving the Canadian Way

The U.S. isn't the only country that celebrates Thanksgiving. Learn more about how it's observed in Canada.

World Factbook Travel Facts

The CIA's World Factbook Travel Facts offer fact sheets with information on over 150 countries.

Travel Prepared with the CIA's World Factbook Travel Facts

Traveling? Don't forget to consult the CIA's new World Factbook Travel Facts, with important information for other countries on vaccinations, visa requirements, electricity and plug types, potable water, and more.

Celebrating National Holidays Around the World

Learn more about some other independence days and national holidays around the world, from Canada to India.

Sick Overseas? Plan Ahead With These Tips

No one plans to get sick overseas, but it's still good to plan ahead. We’ve compiled some of the top tips to consider both before you travel abroad, and while you are in a foreign country.

Celebrating May Day

The first day of May is significant for multiple reasons around the world. For some, it’s May Day, and represents the end of winter and beginning of summer. In many countries it’s also Labor Day, and serves as both a day off work and a day of demonstration. If you travel to another country on or around May Day, here are some experiences you may encounter.

May Day

6 Interesting Japanese Manners & Customs

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