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Dr. Barak A. Salmoni

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Visiting Defense Fellow

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The Washington Institute
1828 L Street, NW, Suite 1050
Washington Dc , District of Columbia 20036
United States

Company Description: The Washington Institute produces more than a dozen publications each year on topics related to the Middle East and U.S. policy. Authored by Institute staff and...   more

Employment History

  • Deputy Director
    Center for Advanced Operational Cultural Learning
  • Deputy Director
    Center for Advanced Operational Culture Learning
  • Founder and Deputy Director
    Center for Advanced Operational Culture Learning
  • Headquarters
    Center for Advanced Operational Culture Learning
  • Assistant Professor In National Security Affairs
    U.S. Naval Postgraduate School
  • Deputy Director
    Marine Corps Center for Advanced Operational Cultural Learning
  • Assistant Professor
    Naval Postgraduate School
  • Middle East Expert
    Naval Postgraduate School
  • Teacher
    Naval Postgraduate School
  • Full Political Scientist
    RAND Corporation

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Visiting Defense Fellow
    U.S. Army
  • Foreign Language Advisor
    U.S. Army


  • Ph.D. , Middle Eastern History
    Harvard University
36 Total References
Web References
The Iraqi Security Forces: A Status Report - The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, 13 June 2011 [cached]
and Barak Salmoni
On June 3, 2011, Michael Knights, Lachlyn Soper, Andrew Lembke, and Barak Salmoni addressed a Policy Forum at The Washington Institute.
Mr. Salmoni, a culture and foreign language advisor with the U.S. Army, served as a visiting defense fellow at the Institute, where he authored Responsible Partnership: The Iraqi National Security Sector after 2011. The following is a rapporteur's summary of their remarks; the views expressed by Soper, Lembke, and Salmoni do not necessarily reflect those of the U.S. Army or Department of Defense.
NOTE: Due to technical error, audio of Mr. Salmoni's remarks and the audience Q&A session was not recorded.
Barak Salmoni
Barak Salmoni
Barak Salmoni is a visiting defense fellow at The Washington Institute.
What US wants in its troops: cultural savvy |, 1 July 2006 [cached]
"One of the things we educate most repetitively ... is being comfortable in an uncomfortable environment," says Barak Salmoni, deputy director of the Center for Advanced Operational Cultural Learning (CAOCL) at the Quantico base.
Barak Salmoni has been a ..., 1 Jan 2009 [cached]
Barak Salmoni has been a Full Political Scientist at the RAND Corporation in Washington, DC, since July 2008. He specializes in Middle East intra-state conflict and military education and training for hybrid and complex operations. Before joining the RAND Corporation, Dr. Salmoni was the founder and Deputy Director of the Center for Advanced Operational Culture Learning, Marine Corps Training and Education Command (TECOM). Prior to this, Dr Salmoni was on the faculty of U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, where he taught courses on Islamic history and religion, Middle Eastern history, as well as politics, religion, identity, and civil-military relations. He worked with the Marines in Iraq during June 2004, August 2005, and October 2006; with the U.S. Army Human Terrain System in February 2008; and as a member of MNF-IStrategy, Plans, and Assessments during March-April 2008. Dr. Salmoni has previously taught at Harvard University, where he earned his Ph.D. in Middle Eastern History, as well as Holy Cross College, University of Pennsylvania, Swarthmore, and Moravian College.
Then Barak Salmoni spoke about the importance of interagency cooperation and leadership in development, diplomacy and defense. His views may not be the view of the RAND Corporation.
"Three plus years ago the moniker ..., 1 April 2007 [cached]
"Three plus years ago the moniker was 'cultural sensitivity,'" says Barak A. Salmoni, deputy director of the Center for Advanced Operational Culture Learning, part of the Marine Corps Training and Education Command at the Marine base in Quantico, Va. "But being sensitive is not the same thing as being aware, and being aware is not the same thing as being capable - being able to apply your knowledge so as to have an effect on the people with whom or against whom you're operating."
Early sensitivity training focused on behavioral do's and don'ts to avoid offending Muslims and included a lot of regional and religious history."At some point, Marines started asking, 'Well, now that I know all this stuff, so what?' " Salmoni says.It's his job to guide the training and to develop the curricula that answer the "so what" question.Salmoni, who holds a doctorate in Middle Eastern history from Harvard University, has traveled far from the ivory tower to occupy a windowless office in the white trailer that serves as headquarters for CAOCL (pronounced KAY-ockle), something he says he considers an enormous privilege.
You don't learn the 99 names of God this way, but you do learn how to talk about Islam in a way that allows someone to talk to you about it," Salmoni says.
Through CAOCL, the Marine Corps has increasingly incorporated what it calls "operational cultural learning" not just into pre-deployment training, but throughout its professional education system for officers and noncommissioned officers.Marine second lieutenants, who will be captains four years from now, will be the first cadre of Marine officers to have encountered cultural education at every level, Salmoni says.
"The whole idea here is for none of this to be just-in-time training, or just good information, but to permeate the skills base" of the Corps, Salmoni says.
Over time, Salmoni hopes the Marine Corps will be able to adopt an approach the Army has used, which is to train the trainers.By training senior NCOs who have had significant field experience working with indigenous people, the Marine Corps will be able to ensure that units have their own in-house expertise to draw on whenever it's needed.
There's a Marine expression that says you've got to be able to shoot, move and communicate."Part of this is the moving and communicating," says Salmoni. ┬╗ Publications┬╗Denial of Water to Iraqi Cities [cached]
Barak Salmoni, assistant professor in National Security Affairs at the U.S.
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