H. R. 5200

To direct the Department of Defense to designate an executive agent responsible for continuing education in strategic foreign languages, and for other purposes.

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117 HR 5200 IH: To direct the Department of Defense to designate an executive agent responsible for continuing education in strategic foreign languages, and for other purposes.

U.S. House of Representatives

2021-09-10

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117th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 5200

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

September 10, 2021

Mr. Bacon

introduced the following bill; which was referred to the

Committee on Armed Services

A BILL

To direct the Department of Defense to designate an executive agent responsible for continuing education in strategic foreign languages, and for other purposes.

1.

Defense language continuing education program

(a)

In general

Not later than 120 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness shall coordinate with the Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency to designate an executive agent for commercially available advanced foreign language training to meet operational readiness requirements of the Department of Defense.

(b)

Elements

The executive agent designated in subsection (a) shall be responsible for the following:

(1)

Developing policies, procedures, and curricula to allow for continuing language training when linguists transition to operational environments from education or training environments, such as the Defense Language Institute, the Defense Language and National Security Education Office, or service-based training.

(2)

Identifying the resourcing requirements necessary for each Armed Force to have access to the following foreign language training elements:

(A)

A foreign language and current culture training and maintenance virtual immersion program covering strategic languages (as designated by the Federal Government), with a range of multimedia materials including—

(i)

current and authentic copyrighted multimedia content (video, audio, print, etc.), in multiple genres, that have been cleared for legal use;

(ii)

foreign-originated newscasts and interviews with foreign speakers; and

(iii)

any other content determined by the executive agent to be necessary for personnel to acquire proper vocabulary, phraseology, and enhanced understanding of the nuances associated with foreign cultures.

(B)

Anytime accessibility, both online and via mobile device.

(C)

Training programs with success proven by previous partnerships with academic institutions in the United States or other departments and agencies of the Federal Government.

(c)

Reimbursement authority

Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the executive agent, in coordination with the chief of each covered Armed Force, shall establish a procedure through which the Armed Force shall reimburse any organization of the Department of Defense that provides instruction under this section to members of that Armed Force for the costs of such instruction.

(d)

Covered Armed Force defined

In this section, the term

covered Armed Force

means the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Space Force.