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Accession Number ADA583845
Title Empathy for Carnivores.
Publication Date May 2013
Media Count 76p
Personal Author K. R. Cutright
Abstract Empathy is arguably a one-word summary of the rationale for Red Teams, Human Terrain Teams, and the U.S. military's vast attention to culture over the last decade. Once the military must co-opt others instead of coercing them, empathy becomes a professional mandate. Properly understood and applied, empathy improves critical and creative thinking, campaign design, and operational assessments. It is not merely a trait contributing to good character; it also benefits professional competence. Empathy differs from sympathy or compassion. It is not a 'feeling for' another but an 'understanding of' another. Empathy may result in sympathy, but the two concepts are distinct. In understanding another's perspective, the process of empathy attempts to account for emotional as well as cognitive influences. Further, empathy involves only understanding another's perspective; it does not require agreeing with that perspective. Despite its ties to military theory and doctrine, empathy remains an obscure concept largely disregarded in military culture. Leadership, counterinsurgency, and advisory doctrine endorse it, but it remains absent from intelligence, information operations, and planning doctrine. It deserves more attention and a more central role in designing military operations, especially counterinsurgencies.
Keywords Army design methodology
Army doctrine
Civilian population
Civilian-military relations
Community relations
Counterinsurgency theory
Creative thinking
Critical thinking
Cultural differences
Hearts and minds
Interpersonal relations
Logical fallacies
Military culture
Military doctrine
Military forces(United states)
Military planning
Military theory
Operational planning
Personal character
Professional competence
Systems theory

Source Agency Non Paid ADAS
NTIS Subject Category 92C - Social Concerns
92B - Psychology
57T - Psychiatry
74G - Military Operations, Strategy, & Tactics
Corporate Author Army Command and General Staff Coll., Fort Leavenworth, KS. School of Advanced Military Studies.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note Monograph.
NTIS Issue Number 1402
Contract Number N/A

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