DLNSEO Mission

The Defense Language and National Security Education Office leads the nation in recruiting, training, sustaining, and enhancing language and culture capabilities to ensure national security and defense readiness by:

  • Building a highly-qualified pool of U.S. citizens with foreign language and international expertise committed to public service through programs and policies,
  • Leading the Department’s strategic policy planning regarding foreign language, culture, and regional expertise for Department of Defense personnel,
  • Providing oversight of high-value training and education Department of Defense initiatives, and
  • Ensuring national and Departmental governance through the Defense Language Steering Committee, the National Security Education Board, and other organizational and professional bodies.