Fighting insurgencies is not new for the U.S. military, but they have only begun to adapt training to deal with a style of war where everyone's a potential enemy and everyone's a potential friend. Soldiers are now taught cultural awareness and language skills as an operational tactic for the war in Iraq.

Brian Pollack recently completed the documentary program at the University of California, Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. For Armed Ambassadors, he visited 29 Palms, the Marine training base in southern California to observe and film training before heading briefly to Iraq to see the 2nd Batallion, 24th Marines put their education to work.

Pollack spent the summer of 2007 doing radio reporting in Alaska for KCAW. He has directed, field produced and worked as cameraman on productions for NBC's Peacock Productions, National Geographic, the Weather Channel, Triage Entertainment, and CBS 5 Investigates in San Francisco. His print work has appeared in the Oakland Tribune, San Jose Mercury News, and North Gate News Online.

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