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Language and Culture: A Strategic Imperative Panel One Outbrief. 26 JAN 2011. Panel One: Capabilities and Capacities System. Panel Members. Brigadier General Steven W. Busby, Deputy Director for Force Management, Joint Staff, J8 (Chair) Mr J.Q. Roberts, OUSD/Policy

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panel one capabilities and capacities system
Panel One: Capabilities and Capacities System

Panel Members

  • Brigadier General Steven W. Busby, Deputy Director for Force Management, Joint Staff, J8 (Chair)
    • Mr J.Q. Roberts, OUSD/Policy
    • BG Walter M. Golden, Jr., OJCS/J-1
    • Mr. Lee Johnson, N13
    • Mr. George Dallas, USMC
    • BGen (Sel) Daniel Yoo, USMC and Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations

Focus Area

  • How do we employ a system to better address language, regional and cultural capability and capacity needs?

Challenge Statement

  • Design and implement a capabilities-based system that provides the enhanced capabilities and capacities needed to succeed in the full spectrum of operations
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Panel One: Capabilities and Capacities System

Key Themes

  • What are the OIF/OEF lessons?
    • Parallel of Vietnam experience. Putting GPF in COIN environment without proper preparation. Steep learning curve to adjust to. Learned similar lessons in the Balkans
    • No standard methodology for determining LREC requirements
    • DoD-wide acknowledgement of significant LREC requirements. Need to focus more on optimal capacity and Force sizing
    • LREC capabilities should stay in balance with full spectrum of warrior capability needs
    • Need to avoid redesigning entire manpower/strength planning model based only on LREC needs
    • Heavy reliance on contractor linguists
  • Looking to the year 2025, how do we equip the GPF warrior with the needed LREC capability?
    • SecDef recognizes the need to find the right capabilities balance. The challenge is defining that balance
    • We need a faster, more agile requirements determination process. As it matures, the COCOM Capabilities Based Requirements Identification Process will help with forecasting and prioritization
    • COCOM requirements, and Force requirements in general, always exceed existing capacities
    • We need greater institutionalization of pre-deployment LREC training. It remains a challenge to determine the best “system” for determining training capability and capacity needs
    • All GPF should have some basic, foundational understanding of importance of culture, and some regional focus
    • This generation has moved from “linear,” mostly kinetic warfare, to something different. LREC is no longer just an enabler, but is becoming a core operational capability
panel two personnel management
Panel Two: Personnel Management

Focus Area

  • How do we effectively integrate language, regional and cultural capabilities across the personnel lifecycle?

Challenge Statement

  • Create an enterprise approach to prepare, access, develop and sustain language, regional and cultural skills to prepare for and meet the full spectrum of operations

Panel Members

  • Dr. Curtis L. Gilroy, MPP (Chair)
    • Mr. Robert L. Gordon, MC&FP
    • Mr. Pat Tamburrino, CPP
    • Mr. Joe McDade, USA
    • Ms. Sheila Earle, USAF
    • Mr. Mike Applegate, USMC

Key Themes

  • Valuing language and culture
  • Pre-accessions (DoDEA and Child Development Centers (CDCs))
  • Recruit language, regional and cultural capable individuals
  • Career management paradigm shift
  • Post-separation opportunities

Personnel Life Cycle


Pre-K through 12 and Beyond

Initial Entry Training

Separation and Retirement

Language & Cultural Management




Quality of Life

panel three achieving interoperability
Panel Three: Achieving Interoperability

Focus Area

  • How do we improve interoperability and support building partnership capacities in a dynamic global environment?

Challenge Statement

  • Achieve the right proportions of English language capabilities and foreign language capabilities to maximize understanding and support interoperability

Panel Members

  • Dr. James Schear, DASD, Partnership Strategy & Stability Operations, (Chair)
    • Ambassador Charles Ford, International Trade Administration, Dep Dir Gen US Foreign Commercial Service
    • Mr. Richard Genaille, Jr., Deputy Director, DSCA
    • Dr. Peter Stearns, Provost, George Mason University
    • Mr. Dan Scott, Director, ODNI

Key Themes

  • Leverage commercial sector and business communities to build international partnerships
  • Current English language training capacity in DoD does not meet demand
  • Team with other US Agencies, academia, NGOs, and multinational partners to create “Renaissance Teams” using a best athlete approach to address National Security issues
    • Cultural shift is required to promote sharing of resources
  • Opportunity exists in partnering with academia to create venues for DoD personnel to sustain language and cultural expertise between deployments and overseas assignments
  • Academic partnerships between US institutions and overseas universities to provide fully accredited degree programs in global affairs, offering potential for full academic immersions for ROTC cadets and students at military academies