Training and Education for the Comprehensive Approach to Operations – Evaluation of the Influence Activities Task Force 2012 Civil-Military Seminar

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Authors
  1. Piasentin, K.
  2. Holton, T.
  3. Thompson, M.M.
  4. Febbraro, A.R.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Toronto, Toronto ONT (CAN)
Abstract
In November 2012, the third iteration of the Civil-Military Seminar was hosted by the Influence Activities Task Force (IATF) at Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Kingston. Seminar attendees included representatives of the Canadian Forces (CF), Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and other government partners (GPs) involved in Comprehensive Approach (CA) operations. Objectives of the seminar were: (a) to provide an opportunity for NGOs, GPs, and CF personnel to interact in a CA context, and (b) to establish/reinforce professional networks and relationships between representatives of these organizations. Survey data collected from 21 voluntary seminar attendees--10 CAF and 11 civilians (9 NGOs; 2 GPs)--revealed that the seminar was successful in achieving its objectives. Overall, both military and civilian participants were satisfied with the format and organization of the seminar and perceived it to be a useful professional development activity that provided sufficient opportunities for learning and for relationship building. Although both CF and civilian participants reported that the seminar impacted their perception and understanding of the CA, the impact (i.e., change in perception) was greatest for civilian respondents, the majority of whom initially indicated having less familiarity with the CA concept. The seminar also appeared to facilitate interorganizational trust, particularly for CF participants, whose perceptions of civilian organizations improved significantly over th

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Keywords
Comprehensive Approach to Operations;Civil-Military
Report Number
DRDC-TORONTO-TM-2013-024 — Technical Memorandum
Date of publication
01 Mar 2013
Number of Pages
57
DSTKIM No
CA038397
CANDIS No
538685
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Electronic Document(PDF)

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