The University of Montana’s Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center, Defense Critical Language and Culture Program (DCLCP), provides intensive language and culture training for members of the National Guard, Reserve, and Active Duty (all services) utilizing a congressionally funded Language Training Center (LTC) contract through the Department of Defense Language and National Security Education Office (DLNSEO). These University of Montana courses are developed and delivered through the DCLCP so students can speak the languages and understand the cultures of strategically significant nations in the world of modernity at a time when bilateral and multilateral relations are increasingly complex. Language fluency and cultural competencies are essential elements of our national defense and empowers our military forces to conduct effective interaction, in diverse settings, by establishing and maintaining constructive relationships within the global environment.
In the 21st century, military strength will be measured not only by the weapons our troops carry, but by the languages they speak and the cultures they understand.
--President Barack Obama
After 5 years of superlative service to the Mansfield Center, we say good-bye and good-luck to Christopher Marlow. He is the most proud of “the incredible honor of serving within an organization that has the foundational basis of living up to the legacy of Sen. Mansfield.” Chris – thank you for your outstanding service and best of luck to you on this next adventurous chapter in your life.
The Defense Critical Language and Culture Program is proud to announce the start of two new courses this month: Intermediate Chinese and Intermediate Korean. Both courses are being taught at Ft. Lewis, WA and will teach basic to intermediate conversational skills, basic reading and writing knowledge and incorporate an hour of culture lessons every day.
Two of our Pashto instructors are traveling to Kansas to teach 130 Kansas National Guard soldiers Pashto. This three-day class will cover introductions to Afghan culture, Afghanistan geography, greetings in Pashto, basic conversational skills and much more!
Two of our instructors and our Deputy Director are heading on the road to teach Dari and Afghan culture to approximately 30 students in Washington State before they deploy to Afghanistan. This course will provide a solid background for the soldiers on what they can expect to see when they arrive in Afghanistan, a through explanation of the importance of culture awareness and teach them how to ask questions, engage in greetings and other useful and important phrases in Dari.
We are pleased to announce that three new instructors have joined our Chinese program and we have added an additional instructor for our Korean program. Dr. Roberts, Ms. Tabiadon, and Mr. Pei will be sharing their knowledge and experiences with our Chinese students; Ms. Han will help teach our ever-expanding Korean courses. Welcome aboard everyone! We are very excited to have you as part of the team!
The Defense Critical Language and Culture Program is excited to report the launch of another Pashto and Afghan Culture Course. This five week course will help prepare its students for deployment to Afghanistan by giving them a through overview of its cultures and solid background in basic conversational skills.
The Defense Critical Language and Culture Program is proud to announce that Brigadier General (Retired) Joel Cusker will be joining our team as the new Deputy Director. A fourth generation Montanan, Joel was raised on the family farm just West of Missoula, Montana. He commanded two armor companies, commanded the 208th Regiment, volunteered for a combat tour in Afghanistan as the Officer in Charge of the Central Corps Assistance Group, served as the Director of the Joint Staff, Joint Forces Headquarters – Montana, and he commanded the Montana National Guard as The Acting Adjutant General. Welcome aboard, Joel!
We are proud to announce changes to our App Store apps, Afghan Solider and Afghan Villager. Both applications were carefully examined and everything from graphics to content to functionality was updated. We are very excited to be able to offer these tools to not only our students, but anyone who is interested in learning more about Afghan culture.
Six ROTC cadets, funded through the Project GO (Global Officer) grant, are departing this month for a two month intensive Arabic study aboard program at Al Akhawayn University located in Ifrane, Morocco. These students were selected from a large national pool of applicants.
We are excited to announce that three new classes will begin this month, which include a Pashto, Dari and Korean course. All of these classes are designed to help our students enhance their language proficiency while also including an hour a day of culture training.
We are excited to announce the launch of our third Korean course. This course, which will be taught by Dr. Choi, will run for five weeks and will be geared to get its students to a proficiency level of a 1/1 or higher.
The Defense Critical Language & Culture Program is proud to announce that our Advanced Dari class will be graduating this month following their two-week long FLEX/Iso-Immersion. We are incredibly pleased with the hard work and dedication that these students showed. Learning Dari is not easy, and all of these students not only exceeded the expectations of our faculty, but far surpassed the benchmarks set by the United States Department of Defense.
The Defense Critical Language & Culture Program is proud to announce that it has launched a new advanced Dari class this month. The class, which will be a future a two week iso-immersion in February, is geared to get students speaking at the 2+/2+ level.
In conjunction with the Arabic Studies Program here at The University of Montana, the Defense Critical Language & Culture Program successfully ran its ARAB 291: Conversational Arabic winter session course. This course, utilizing the Video telecommunicating software, successfully allowed students from all across America to participate. The course, which was taught by our own in-house Arabic instructors, was part of the ROTC’s Project GO initiative.
This position serves as the primary technology liaison between DoD customers, the University of Montana, and DCLCP staff; develops and performs training sessions for all DCLCP employees and customers...more information