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Global Center for Security Cooperation, DLI Sign Historic Collaboration
|By Kate Lamar,|
Special to DLIFLC Global Center Director Gen. Bob Ord (retired), and DLIFLC Commandant Col. Sue Ann Sandusky pose for a photograph after the signing of an accord between the Center and DLIFLC.
THE DEFENSE Language Institute Foreign Language Center (DLIFLC) became the newest consortium member of the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) Global Center for Security Cooperation with the signing of a letter of accord on Jan. 30. The letter makes DLIFLC the 13th consortium member at the Global Center. The consortium is one way the center accomplishes its mission of sharing educational and training resources with Department of Defense international partners to increase global security cooperation, a mission given to the Global Center by the Defense Security Cooperation Agency.
“Consortium members represent the leading edge of international partner education and cover a wide spectrum of education providers and topics,” said Warren Hoy, Operations Officer for the Global Center for Security Cooperation. “Consortium members share information, faculty and other resources, which makes course creation and presentation easier and more efficient. The Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center’s membership adds a wealth of resources not available in our other member schools. In addition to its obvious unique language capabilities, DLIFLC has a vast wealth of cultural expertise and products that will be very helpful to our other members as they are preparing to travel overseas and present courses, workshops and seminars to other nations.”
Vice Admiral (Ret.) Daniel Oliver, NPS President, concurred.
“The addition of yet another outstanding institution, DLI Foreign Language Center, I think clearly is a milestone in the growth of the Global Center,” Oliver said.
The cooperation between members fostered by the consortium is essential to the effectiveness of the Global Center.
“The whole idea now is to build capacity around the world to empower host country nations to be secure,” said U.S. Congressman Sam Farr, who represents California’s 17th District. “The cooperation is the key to this. To bring all of these centers of excellence together to essentially build a more effective network that will ensure global security.”
Col. Sue Ann Sandusky, DLIFLC Commandant, .noted that informal cooperation between DLIFLC and the Center began when the Center was created because of common interests.
“Now with the signing of this document we will be able to go forward formally,” she said.
Sandusky signed on behalf of DLIFLC and Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Bob Ord, Director of the Global Center, signed on behalf of the Global Center.