Presentations & Publications

Over the last 8 years, Robert Greene Sands and Pieter Devisser have been invited to speak on a number of culture and language topics.  Their audience has included military specialists, elite leadership, academia, students of social sciences and even cultural enthsusiats at a TED Talk

Video Presentations

Culture Wars

A Culture NOW! Interview

June 2015

Dr. Sands is interviewed by host Romella Janene El Kharzazi on the utility of culture in Department of Defense Missions.

Knowing Others-Taking the Road Less Traveled

TEDx Tacoma

February 2014

 

Dr. Sands discusses the need to take roads less comfortable in order to know others and yourself.

Assessing Culture

Interagency Language Roundtable

National Foreign Language Center (NFLC), College Park, MD

November 2013

Recent Workshops & Presentations 

Changing How We Think: Thinking Globally, Lecture to the Advanced Air Mobility Operations Course, Joint Base McGuire, Dix, Lakehurst, June 6, 2016. 

“Fundamentals of LRC Learning,” Workshop Director and co-presenter, National Foreign Language Center, University of Maryland, March 2, 2016. Click here for more information and presentations.

 

“Cross-cultural Competence,” Lecture to USAF Advanced Air Mobility Operations Course, Charleston, AFB, Charleston, SC, September 14, 2015.

 

“Assessing Language, Region & Culture: The Power of the Measure is in the Association of the Components,” Plenary Presentation at the 2015 Language Education and Resources Network (LEARN) Workshop: Integrating Language Training & Regional/Transnational Studies, The Universities at Shady Grove, Rockville, MD, August 27, 2015,  https://www.fbcinc.com/e/LEARN/e/Integrating/default.aspx

 

“Disruptive Innovation: Harnessing Language, Region and Culture (LRC) in a Blended Learning Event,” Plenary Presentation at the 2015 Language Education and Resources Network (LEARN) Workshop: Integrating Language Training & Regional/Transnational Studies, The Universities at Shady Grove, Rockville, MD, August 26, 2015, https://www.fbcinc.com/e/LEARN/e/Integrating/default.aspx

 

 

"Thinking Differently about Culturally Complex Environments," Presentation to the Joint Foreign Area Officer's Course (JFAOC), Defense Language Institute, Monterey, CA, June 12, 2015.

 

“Cross-cultural Competence,” Lecture to USAF Advanced Air Mobility Operations Course, Scott AFB, IL, June 8, 2015.

 

"Assessing Language, Regional Expertise and Culture (LREC) Performance: not like threading a camel through the eye of a needle", with Ms. Yvonne Pawelek, Joint Base Lewis/McChord Foreign Language and Culture Center; Mr. Pieter Devisser, University of Massachusetts, Boston; Dr. Allison Greene-Sands, Department of Defense, Interagency Language Roundtable, National Foreign Language Center, College Park, MD, May 2015 Plenary, May 15, 2015, http://www.govtilr.org/Publications/Final%20to%20Scott.pdf  

 

"Synergizing Language and Culture for a more powerful cross-cultural competence." Invited talk to the Psychology Graduate Program, Florida Institute of Technology, Invited lecture, Melbourne, FL, April 3, 2015.

“Cross-cultural Competence,” Lecture to USAF Advanced Air Mobility Operations Course, Scott AFB, IL, March 13, 2015.

 

"Proposing an Ethnographic Study of Developing Unit Resilience in Remotely Piloted Aircraft Operators: Is Resilience the Magic Bullet for Managing Complications Endemic in RPA populations?" Presentation to the Chief of Staff of the Air Force's Command Action Group, Pentagon, Washington, DC, February 24, 2015.

 

“Thinking Differently about Cultural Complexity,” Presentation to the Joint Foreign Area Officer's Course (JFAOC), Defense Language Institute, Monterey, CA, January 15, 2015.

 

“Integrating Culture-General, Cross-cultural Competence and Intercultural Communication Instruction,”  Pieter DeVisser & Robert Greene Sands, Defense Language Institute Holiday Professional Development Workshop, Defense Language Institute, Monterey, CA, December 22, 2014.

Selected Publications

Books

 

Sands, Robert G.  Assessing SOF LRC Needs: Leveraging Digital and LRC Learning to Reroute the “Roadmap” from Human Terrain to Human Domain.  Joint Special Operations University Monograph (in press).

 

Sands, Robert G and Greene-Sands, Allison.  Cross-Cultural Competence for a 21st Century Military: Culture, the Flipside of the COIN (co-editor with Allison Greene-Sands, and contributor).  Lexington Books (2014), https://rowman.com/ISBN/9780739179598

Articles and Chapters 

 

Sands, Robert G and DeVisser, Pieter.  “Narrowing the LREC Assessment Focus by Opening the Aperture: A Critical Look at the Status of LREC Assessment Design & Development in the Department of Defense.” Special Topics Issue: Journal of Culture, Language and International Security, 2 (2), 2015, http://iscl.norwich.edu/special-issue

 

​Sands, Robert G.  “Culture Clash.”  Journal of Culture, Language and International Security, 2 (1), 2015, http://iscl.norwich.edu/jclis-summer-2015   

 

_________________. “We Built a Culture MOOC for Soldiers Everywhere (and Marines, and Airmen, and US AID personnel and others).” Small Wars Journal (27 June), 2015, http://smallwarsjournal.com/jrnl/art/we-built-a-culture-mooc%E2%80%A6for-soldiers-everywhere-and-marines-and-airmen-and-us-aid-personnel

_________________. “Training for the Perfect Storm.”  Journal of Culture, Language and International Security 2 (1), 2015, http://online.fliphtml5.com/iggr/kglg/#p=1

 

__________________.“Finding a Common Thread: Implications for the Future of Culture and Language Programs in Support of International Security."  Journal of Culture, Language and International Security 1(1) (2014): 3-21.

 

Devisser, Pieter and Sands, Robert G.  "Integrating Culture General and Cross-Cultural Competence & Communication Skills: Possibilities for the Future of Military Language and Culture Programs."   Journal of Culture, Language and International Security 1(1) (2014): 34-69.

 

Sands, Robert G. “Thinking Differently: Unlocking the Human Domain in Support of the 21st Century Intelligence Mission. Small Wars Journal (20 August), 2013, http://smallwarsjournal.com/jrnl/art/thinking-differently-unlocking-the-human-domain-in-support-of-the-21st-century-intelligence

Sands, Robert G and Haines, Thomas J.  “Promoting Cross-Cultural Competence in Intelligence Professionals: A new perspective on alternative analysis and the intelligence process.” Small Wars Journal, (25 April), 2013, http://smallwarsjournal.com/jrnl/art/promoting-cross-cultural-competence-in-intelligence-professionals

 

Sands, Robert G.  “Language and Culture in the Department of Defense: Synergizing complimentary instruction and building LREC competency.”   Small Wars Journal, (8 March), 2013, http://smallwarsjournal.com/jrnl/art/language-and-culture-in-the-department-of-defense-synergizing-complimentary-instruction-and

 

_________________.  “A Baseline of Cross-Cultural Competence: The Decisive Edge for a 21st Century US Military Mission.” Society for Applied Anthropology News (Feb), 2013: 17-22, http://www.sfaa.net/newsletter/newsletter.html

Sands, Robert G.  “Reading Cultural Heritage: What Can Heritage Tell Us about the Behavior of the Cultural “Other”?  In Strong, B.E., Brooks, L., Ramsden Zbylut, M, & Roan, L, Sociocultural Systems: The Next Step in Army Cultural Capability. (ARI Research Product 2012-XX). Arlington, VA: U.S. Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences, 2013.

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