U.S. Committee of the Blue Shield

U.S. soldiers protect the ziggurat at Aqar Quf in Iraq.


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U.S. Committee of the Blue Shield is a 501(c)(3) corporation.

What We Do



USCBS has a unique role in protecting the cultural heritage from looting or destruction in areas of the world where armed conflict is occurring.

Public Awareness

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.

Cultural Heritage Inventories

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.

Military Training

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.


USCBS coordinates with the U.S. military, U.S. government, and cultural heritage organizations to protect cultural property worldwide during armed conflict and natural disasters.

Support USCBS

As a not-for-profit organization, USCBS is financed primarily by membership fees. If you are interested in the protection of cultural property and wish to support USCBS, become a member now. »