U.S. Navy Language Skills, Regional Expertise, and Cultural Awareness Strategy
OFFICE OF THE CHIEF OF NAVAL OPERATIONS WASHINGTON DC
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Given the changes in the strategic landscape since 911, the myriad post-Cold War cultures we face, and the unique maritime security challenges of the 21st Century, success in achieving the nations Maritime Strategy depends in large part on our ability to communicate with and comprehend potential adversaries, enduring allies, and emerging partner nations. As the lessons of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom attest, communication and comprehension are enabled through awareness of foreign cultures, regional expertise, and skill in foreign languages. Development and improvement of Navys competencies in these critical capabilities will facilitate the quality of our foreign interactions and enable cooperative and collaborative relationships. They are essential elements in the Navys engagement in every phase of war, but paramount to the Navys ability to shape and influence blue, brown and green water security environments in all Phase 0 operations. The Navy Language Skills, Regional Expertise and Cultural Awareness LREC Strategy acknowledges the importance of these enablers and provides overarching guidance for the development, alignment, management and transformation of LREC capability and capacity in the force.
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