Review of DOD's Language and Cultural Awareness Capabilities: Preliminary Observations [open pdf - 250KB]
"Senate Report No. 110-77, which accompanied the FY 2008 National Defense Authorization Act (Pub. L. No. 110-181), directed GAO to review DOD's plans for the development of language and cultural awareness capabilities and to report to the congressional defense committees by December 31, 2008. [The] objectives were to assess the extent to which DOD has 1.Developed plans to address language and cultural awareness capabilities, including funding needs and metrics to evaluate success; 2.Established processes to identify strategic language and cultural awareness capabilities, requirements to carry out its plans, and inventory of existing capabilities; 3.Developed training and education programs to support its plans for developing language and cultural awareness capabilities; and 4.Developed research and acquisition programs to support its plans for developing language and cultural awareness capabilities. This briefing presents […] preliminary observations as of November 2008."
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