Center for Advanced Study of Language
Coordinates: The University of Maryland Center for Advanced Study of Language (CASL) is the national laboratory for advanced research and development on language and national security, located in College Park, Maryland. Founded in 2003 under Department of Defense funding as a University Affiliated Research Center (UARC), CASL is a partnership between the University of Maryland and the United States Government whose mission is to improve the language performance of the U.S. Government workforce. CASL is now the largest language research center in the United States.
- Second-language acquisition (SLA)
- Technology use
- Performance and analysis
- Less commonly taught languages and cultures
- Cognitive neuroscience
CASL is dedicated to addressing the language needs of the Intelligence Community (IC). Founded in 2003 as a DoD university affiliated research center, CASL’s mission is to defend and protect the United States by improving language readiness and capabilities.
CASL is charged with bringing the best of academe and industry to the hardest government problems; providing the knowledge, resources, and technologies critical to analyst job performance; advancing workforce readiness for both regular and surge capabilities; improving operational performance; and underpinning critical leadership decisions on immediate and future staffing, technologies, and analyst workflow design and management.
The premier strategic research partner to the DoD and IC on the most critical and challenging language problems, ultimately infusing language research into day-to-day job performance as well as critical leadership decisions that directly affect mission.
- Conduct independent, empirically based science guided by the strategic needs of the DoD and IC, coupled with an agility when solving the toughest current operational language problems.
- Capitalize on the extraordinary talents of a permanent staff of nationally recognized, multidisciplinary research scientists and former and current DoD and IC outstanding practitioners, supported by a stronghold of language experts from academe and business in the United States and around the world.
- Collaborate with DoD and IC thought-leaders, managers, and analysts to successfully transition rigorous research into the operational environment and assess its impact.
According to press reports, Edward Snowden worked at the CASL for less than a year in 2005 as a "security specialist" in what one report calls one of the National Security Agency (NSA)'s "covert facilities."
- About CASL, University of Maryland Center for Advanced Study of Language, 09 July 2013
- Investigators looking into how Snowden gained access at NSA // Washington Post, 2013-06-10: "University spokesman Brian Ullmann confirmed that in 2005, Snowden worked for less than a year as a “security specialist” for the school’s Center for Advanced Study of Language. The university-affiliated center, founded in 2003, is not a classified facility."
- Edward Snowden: the whistleblower behind the NSA surveillance revelations, by Glenn Greenwald, Ewen MacAskill and Laura Poitras in Hong Kong, The Guardian, 10 June 2013