Cross-cultural competence is the ability to quickly and accurately comprehend, then appropriately and effectively act, to achieve the desired effect in a culturally complex environment - without necessarily having prior exposure to a particular group, region or language.
Individual Airmen exert influence on overall mission success and institutional health. Doing so in a cross-cultural context entails the ability to negotiate, build relationships and communicate across cultural differences. Proficiency at these abilities entails certain knowledge. Aquiring this knowledge and performing these skills, in turn, is driven largely by positive attitudes. Finally, tailoring general knowledge and skills to particular contexts requires learning approaches.