22 May '12, 11pm

Foreign Language Capabilities Remain a Priority

Foreign Language Capabilities Remain a Priority By Army Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone C. Marshall Jr. American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, May 22, 2012 – A senior U.S. defense official suggested before Congress yesterday that a lack of foreign language capabilities in the federal government could potentially pose a national security risk. “Let me begin by stating that Defense Secretary [Leon E.] Panetta has long believed that having a strong language ability is critical to national security,” Laura Junor, deputy assistant secretary of defense for readiness, said in testimony before a Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Subcommittee “We’re committed to fielding the most capable force that we can deploy.” Junor said mission success is directly connected to the ability to communicate effectively with local populations and international partners. “Our current challeng...

Full article: http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=116453

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