International Military Cultural Heritage Working Group

Panel: International Military Cultural Heritage Working Group: (IMCURWG) integration with and support to CHAMP/CHCAG:

Understand how IMCURWG can work with CHAMP to provide support in crises.

The panel took an international perspective on the potential need for and provision of Cultural Resource Protection (CRP) support in crisis and pre-crises, especially in regard to training.

A large body of CRP experts exists in Private Voluntary Organizations, businesses, professional organizations, and academia. Organizations like the International Military Cultural Resources Working Group (IMCURWG), the Blue Shield organizations, and CHAMP have engaged in CRP training for military personnel.

In addition to Troop Talks provided by the AIA to US military forces during pre-deployment training, the Austrian National Defense Academy held a course on CRP from 29 NOV – 2 DEC 2011.

The panel considered the possibility that this disparate group of experts and potential students could benefit from a platform to access and deploy that expertise in the service of CRP to providetraining and other services to military organizations.

Various organizations already exist that might fill this need: Saving Antiquities for Everyone, the Blue Shield Organizations, International Military Cultural Resources Working Group (IMCURWG), and UNESCO for example.

However, the discussion centered on the possible utility of a private business organization as a global platform for providing CRP related training and emergency assessments for military organizations.

The group discussed several possible advantages of a private CRP military training focused organization.

• A private business would not be limited to the budgetary whims of a single nation.

• CRP is an international activity, and an international organization would be able to easily access expertise resident anywhere in the world in the way that an official government agency might not always be able to do.

• The private organization could access a wide variety of funding sources by serving as a contractor for various national military organizations, intergovernmental regional organizations (like the African Union, NATO and the European Union) and other organizations in a way that a single national government agency could not.

Two important questions emerged:

What is the unique value proposition of the organization? What would this organization need to do?

Unique value proposition: the organization Builds Local Cultural Resources Protection capability among military forces. It focuses first on developing local CRP capability, and second on training military personnel before they deploy to an area outside their home countries.

Activity: the organization provides CRP training for national military forces (and interagency partners) so that they comply with the juridical requirements imposed by the Hague Convention and when applicable the NATO Standardization Agreement 7141. This activity would include exercises, curriculum development, lectures, and seminars. The training will be delivered both in classrooms and at sites, and will address all levels of military education and training.

We also discussed the need to provide continuous reach back support.

Demand signal?

Finally we discussed the problem of demand. Is there a strong demand signal emanating from militaries worldwide that would justify (and enable the success of) such an organization? We concluded that the Hague Convention provides a legally based demand signal, but that it is still necessary to amplify this demand. The CRP success in Libya and the excellent work already being done by many different organizations can be built upon to increase the demand.

List of Participants:
Panel Lead: Dr. Joris Kila
Peter Herdrich
Paul Kunkel
Laurie Rush
Ellen Stewart
Michael Hallett