The Defense Language Program includes both foreign and English language instruction for the DoD, with policy guidance provided by the Under Secretary of Defense (Personnel and Readiness). The Secretary of the Army is the Executive Agent for DLIFLC.
The Defense Language Steering Committee, established under DoD 5160.41 E and chaired by the Department of Defense Senior Language Authority, recommends and coordinates language policy, identifies present and emerging language needs, identifies language training, education, personnel, and financial requirements, and serves as an advisory board to USD (P and R).
As DLIFLC is a military school, it falls under a military chain of command. The Commanding General of TRADOC has administrative responsibility to manage, operate, fund, and provide personnel resources.
CommandantThe DLIFLC Commandant, a U.S. Army colonel, reports to the Commander of TRADOC. The Commandant directs the operations of DLIFLC and the Presidio of Monterey and serves as Installation Commander of the Presidio. The Commandant effects coordination among elements of the Institute and between the Institute and higher headquarters, other schools, and installations. The Commandant commands the DLIFLC Army elements, and exercises general supervision over all elements assigned or attached to the Institute.
The Assistant Commandant, an Air Force colonel, directs day-to-day operations of DLIFLC. The Assistant Commandant supervises the Chief of Staff, the Testing Director, and the DLIFLC Provost. The Assistant Commandant also directs DLIFLC Washington operations where up to 65 languages can be offered. The Assistant Commandant is specifically tasked with overseeing and monitoring the DLIFLC budget process, reports to the Commandant, and is responsible for language training program results. Additionally, the Assistant Commandant provides recommendations to the Commandant on DLIFLC programs and priorities. The Assistant Commandant is also the Commander of the United States Air Force's 517th Training Group and leads the 311th and 314th Training Squadrons.