Defense Language Office

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The Defense Language Office is an office within the United States Department of Defense. It was established in May 2005, within the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Personnel and Readiness). It was created by the Fiscal Year 2005 National Defense Authorization Act, which accompanied the House Report 108-491, "to provide oversight and execution of the Defense Language Transformation Roadmap." [1]

According to the report, the Defense Language Office will: "Ensure a strategic focus on meeting present and future requirements for language and regional expertise among military personnel and civilian employees of the Department. This office should establish and oversee policy regarding the development, management, and utilization of civilian employees as well as members of the armed forces; monitor the promotion, accession and retention of individuals with these critical skills; explore innovative concepts to expand capabilities; and establish policies to identify, track, and maximize the use to meet requirements for language and regional expertise." [2]

On February 6, 2012, the Defense Language Office and the National Security Education Program were merged to form the Defense Language and National Security Education Office.


  1. ^ McGinn, Gail. "Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Plan & Department of Defense Senior Language Authority" (PDF). Congressional Testimony before the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. Congress. Retrieved 26 May 2011. 
  2. ^ Committee on Armed Services, House of Representatives. "108th Congress". House Report 108-491. 108th Congress. Retrieved 26 May 2011. 

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