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2,000 officers and counting: Military likes IWP approach to stratcom

Gen. JodiceIWP’s Professor J Michael Waller has just observed a milestone of having trained more than 2,000 US military officers and NCOs in cultural communication prior to their deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan. Dr. Waller, the Annenberg Professor of International Communication at IWP, marked the occasion during pre-deployment training of Task Force 1 Fury of the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, on August 21.

Waller has used the methods pioneered at IWP to serve on the faculty of the Leader Development & Education for Sustained Peace (LDESP) program at the Naval Postgraduate School based in Monterey, California. He is part of a team that travels from base to base to train officers and NCOs of Army brigades prior to their deployment; his area of specialization is in tactical and strategic communications in appropriate cultural contexts to assist the warfighter in defeating the enemy while reducing civilian and US military casualties. The professor has trained about 2,000 officers and NCOs through LDESP in the past year.

Task Force 1 Fury is the 1-508 Parachute Infantry Regiment, part of the 4th Brigade Combat Team of the 82nd Airborne Division. The regiment commander presented Dr Waller with a commemorative plaque thanking him for his “time, mentorship, and training to prepare the Officers and Soldiers of 1-508 PIR for their upcoming deployment to Operation Enduring Freedom” in Afghanistan.