Military Officials Must Conduct Thorough Analysis On A Country And Its Culture

1472 Words Nov 8th, 2016 6 Pages
In order to ensure success, military officials must conduct thorough analysis on a country and its culture to maximize their efforts and increase their chances of success. Culture can be defined as “the integrated pattern of human knowledge, belief, and behavior that depends upon the capacity for learning and transmitting knowledge to succeeding generations” ("Culture | Definition of Culture by Merriam-Webster," 2016.) The components that create a culture are: symbols; language; norms; values; and material culture and technology. One country whose culture we need to understand for possible future engagements is the Philippines. They may become an adversary to the United States in the near future and it is imperative the U.S maintains its readiness despite its past friendly relations.
The Philippines is an archipelago with over 7,000 islands that covers an area of over 115,000 sq. miles and has a population of over 99 million. It has the Philippine Sea, South China Sea, Sulu Sea and the Celebes Sea surrounding it. Countries that neighbor the Philippines are Taiwan, China, Malaysia and Indonesia. While the overall country lays claim to over 7,000 islands, 11 of the islands house the majority of the population. Philippines geography consists mainly of mountainous areas with coastal lowlands depending on the island. The Philippines is located in an area known as the “Ring of Fire” which is located between the Pacific and Eurasian tectonic plates. While the island is…

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