One of the goals of USCBS is to raise public awareness about the necessity of protecting cultural heritage during armed conflict. To that end, we sponsor public events and conferences where experts in the field of cultural heritage preservation can address the issue and raise awareness about the importance of cultural property as the shared heritage of all humankind.
As a national committee of Blue Shield, USCBS has advocated for the ratification and implementation of the Hague Convention and its protocols, in line with the stated goals of the International Committee of the Blue Shield.
One of the main activities of USCBS has been the creation cultural heritage inventories of protected cultural sites and repositories that prioritize the sites according to their significance and include relevant geospatial coordinates for each site in the format required by the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) and aid in the development of no-strike lists. The information also has been useful in site selection, evaluation, and assessment for military engineering construction and civil affairs projects.
At the time of its founding, one of the primary goals of USCBS was the training of U.S. troops to recognize their obligation to protect cultural property as required by the 1954 Hague Convention on the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict.
U.S. soldiers protect the ziggurat at Aqar Quf in Iraq.
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