Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Fake Afghan Village Used for Training State Department and Military Prior to Deployment

In an effort to train up members of the military and civilians who are preparing to deploy to Afghanistan - authorities are sending personnel to a fake Afghan village located in the United States for some role playing with "Afghan natives".  The village is located in North Vernon, Indiana (near Camp Atterbury) and is called the Muscatatuck Urban Training Center (MUTC). 

"This week, 51 volunteers for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the State Department, the Department of Agriculture (USDA), and other agencies are getting an immersive education in everything from military terminology to Afghan culture before deploying to Afghanistan. (The State Department invited me, a few other journalists, and staff from the State Department, USDA, USAID, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and House Foreign Affairs Committee to tour the facility. The military provided transportation within Indiana.) Most will join Provincial Reconstruction Teams -- units of soldiers, diplomats, and reconstruction experts -- in restive southern and eastern regions of Afghanistan."
Read the rest of the article in "My Trip to a Fake Afghan Village", Foreign Policy Magazine, December 18, 2009.  See the website for the village at

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