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Activity title

Collaborations between Military & Civilian Personnel in Defence Organizations

Activity Reference

HFM-328

Panel

Human Factors and Medicine

Security Classification

PUBLIC RELEASE

Status

Proposed

Activity type

RLS

Start date

2020

End date

2021

Keywords

Civilian Personnel, Civilians on Operations, Defense Professional, Organizational Effectiveness, Organizational Fairness, Teamwork, Working Environment

Background

The main objectives of HFM-RTG-226 included the following: (1) to review and assess current knowledge and research in the area of civilian and military personnel and relations in defense organizations; (2) to address significant knowledge gaps in this important personnel domain; (3) to identify the unique challenges and enablers of military-civilian personnel integration; and (4) to provide recommendations for effective personnel management of military and civilian workforces. The RTG outcomes included: (1) a description and comparison of military and civilian ratios, demographics characteristics, and personnel policies through cross-national examination of personnel databases and organizational documents; (2) the design, administration, and analysis of the Military-Civilian Personnel Survey (MCPS) administered across 11 nations with over 8,500 military and civilian respondents; (3) the development and initial validation of conceptual models of military-civilian collaboration; (4) field work at NATO KFOR to examine military-civilian dynamics in a multinational operational setting; (5) the collection and analysis of data from NATO SHAPE to inform military-civilian collaboration at the multinational strategic level; (6) the leveraging of research by RAND Corporation to provide information on civilian deployment practices and procedures of NATO and its individual members’ defense organizations; (7) an examination of work culture and relations related to contractors (i.e., non-civil servants); and (8) select theoretical, empirical, and case studies (e.g., case study of the logistics branch of the UK MoD; gender-based analysis of the MCPS; military-civilian collaboration in US military academies; case study of senior leadership within the Netherlands’ Ministry of National Defense). Results were integrated to provide recommendations for optimizing military-civilian integration and collaboration.

Objectives

Some key scientific takeaways relevant to civil-military relations from these proposed lectures will be the following: · Statistical review and assessment of current knowledge and research in the area of civilian and military personnel work culture and relations in defense organizations · Extend the understanding of civilian and military personnel work culture and relations in defense organizations through theoretical analysis and empirical studies · Generate recommendations for best practices regarding programs and policies for effective personnel management of both military and civilian workforces.

Topics

The scientific topics advanced by this lecture series are associated with civil-military relations; human resources relevant to civilian-military personnel; and statistical survey analysis of military and civilian ratios, demographics characteristics, and personnel policies through cross-national examination of personnel databases and organizational documents.

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