Outreach + Support Materials

MilCHAG creates a variety of outreach and support materials — including books, journal articles, pamphlets, posters, presentations and other materials — that increase cultural heritage awareness, deepen our understanding of the military’s role in cultural property protection and demonstrate DoD’s leadership in this rapidly evolving field. These materials are part of a vast knowledge base that is incorporated in the many training and service offerings that MilCHAG can customize to meet any COCOM or Joint Force requirement.

Journal Articles

The recently-published “Cultural Property Protection as a Force Multiplier in Stability Operations,” by MilCHAG co-founder Laurie W. Rush (click the image to the right to download) makes a compelling case for the need to enhance Cultural Property Protection (CPP) training within DoD and promote the consideration of CPP during all DoD operations and undertakings.

Click this link to download “Cultural Property Protection as a Force Multiplier in Stability Operations,” by MilCHAG co-founder Laurie W. Rush, published in Military Review, March-April, 2012.


MilCHAG subject matter experts create easy-to-understand Powerpoint presentations for training or awareness raising purposes. MilCHAG presentations make best use of time spent, and feature localized content and examples suitable for any COCOM or Joint Force audience. To view a presentation delivered by MilCHAG co-founder Laurie W. Rush at the American Academy of Rome, click the video image to the right. Additional presentations are available below and on the Presentations page.

  1. Cultural Property on the Battlefield, developed by Laurie W. Rush, discusses various methods for identifying cultural property on the battlefield, including:
    — the use of mapping as a cultural property discovery tool;
    — guidance for identifying archaeological sites, historic structures and natural wonders while operating in-theater;
    — mapping and geospatial data as tools during combat and contingency operations;
    — using visual clues in the landscape to identify unmapped cultural features
    — additional guidance to identify cultural property that may be most significant to local populations, such as sacred places and community spaces, which do not appear on any map.
  2. In-Theater Heritage Training for Deploying Personnel, also created by Dr. Rush, focuses on archeological sites, providing much-needed awareness for a more sophisticated understanding of the operational landscape in unfamiliar territory. The course outline includes:
    — Introduction and Regulatory and Legal Drivers;
    — Need for Cultural Resources Awareness in the Global Setting
    — Theater and Global Examples;
    — Basic ‘Do’s” and “Dont’s” of Cultural Property Protection;
    — Potential Impacts of Not Following Basic CPP Principles;
    — Guidelines for Response to Heritage Challenges … Getting it Right;
    — Resources and Training Information; and
    — Associated Considerations.
  3. Cultural Property Protection in Armed Conflict and Post-Conflict Situations, created by Colonel (Ret.) Dick Jackson (Special Assistant to the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General for Law of War Matters; Adjunct Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center) discusses the principal legal requirements that U.S. forces must respect during conflict and post-conflict operations.