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01/28/2011
DLIFLC participates in DoD Summit on language and culture
DLIFLC Commandant Col. Danial D. Pick moderated a "Warfighter Perspectives" panel at the Department of Defense Language and Culture Summit: A Strategic Imperative, held in Washington, D.C., Jan. 25-26. The summit was attended by nearly 300 participants from a wide variety of military, academic, and political organizations.

The event was organized by the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness with the aim to discuss and promote bold and innovative ideas for enhancing language, regional, and cultural capabilities within the DoD and throughout the nation.

"I was struck by the common theme that our senior leaders resonated - language and culture are critical skills for our nation and national defense," commented Pick, following the conference.

"We need to look at the entire educational system regarding language. This is more about America than the Department of Defense," said Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness Dr. Clifford Stanley, referring to repetitive calls for the introduction of foreign language education from early from pre-K levels through 12th grade.

Speakers at the summit included USSOCOM Admiral Eric Olson, National Security Agency Gen. Keith Alexander, and Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. Norton Schwartz.

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Natela Cutter, Strategic Communications
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