Accession Number:

ADA523435

Title:

Military Training: Continued Actions Needed to Guide DOD's Efforts to Improve Language Skills and Regional Proficiency

Descriptive Note:

Congressional testimony

Corporate Author:

GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE WASHINGTON DC

Report Date:

2010-06-29

Pagination or Media Count:

17.0

Abstract:

Today, and in the foreseeable future, military operations require U.S. personnel to work alongside multinational partners and among local populations. The Department of Defense DoD has placed a greater emphasis on transforming language and regional proficiency capabilities, which includes cultural awareness. GAOs prior work has found that integrated strategic plans with measurable goals and funding priorities linked to goals can help guide organizational transformations. Decision makers also require complete information to identify capability gaps and assess risk. This testimony summarizes GAOs prior work and recommendations on DoDs efforts to develop language skills and regional proficiency and the steps DoD has taken to implement our prior recommendations. Specifically, it addresses the extent to which DoD has done the following 1 developed a strategic plan to guide its language and regional proficiency transformation efforts, and 2 obtained the information it needs to identify capability gaps and assess risk. GAOs statement is based on a June 2009 report and work conducted during May 2010 through June 2010 to update the status of GAOs recommendations.

Subject Categories:

  • Sociology and Law
  • Linguistics
  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations
  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Unconventional Warfare

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE