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Air University Language, Regional Expertise and Culture Symposium

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Maxwell Air Force Base

Montgomery, AL 36112

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SYMPOSIUM THEME: CULTURAL AGILITY

The Air Force Culture & Language Center invites you to submit abstracts for the 3rd Annual AU LREC Symposium. This year, we encourage presenters to address the theme of “Cultural Agility.”

The Air Force Future Operating Concept for 2035 focuses on operational agility, which is defined as being flexible, responsive and coordinated. In turn, operational agility depends on cultural agility. Being culturally agile suggests flexibility and adaptability in inter-cultural interactions, responsiveness to new and changing situations (both at home and abroad), and coordination amongst partners and allies. Therefore, we encourage proposals that focus on the many ways that culture is fundamental to operational agility.

We advance a broad definition of culture that encompasses, among other things, the ways people form and join groups, communicate in native and foreign languages, define relationships with partners and adversaries, and develop traditions and values around all aspects of daily life.

We especially encourage proposals that address the following aspects of cultural agility:

  • Communication strategies that enhance intra- and inter-group dynamics

  • Protection of cultural property and heritage as a means to improve mission outcomes

  • Adaptive support for humanitarian assistance/disaster relief operations

  • Bringing historical “lessons learned” to life through contemporary research and experience

  • Diversity and inclusion within the US military and in our partnerships

  • Organizational cultures within the military

  • Techniques for improving foreign language competence

  • Addressing the “human domain” through LREC concepts and curricula

  • Considering the human-machine relationship in the era of anonymous cyber attacks, drone swarms, and smart bombs

  • Innovative approaches to LREC education, training and research

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