ERIC Number: EJ1069305
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
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Linguists: The Hidden Strength of U.S. Intelligence
Dow, Kathleen A.
Applied Language Learning, v16 n1 p1-16 2006
This article seeks to argue that linguists--not technology--have been the true power behind the successes of the U.S. intelligence community. However, this power has not come to them without difficulty. The author explores four issues in relation to this argument: (a) previous U.S. foreign language policy proposals; (b) the recruitment of linguists by U.S. government agencies; (c) examples of problems the government has had with utilizing linguists; and (d) the effects of American linguists on U.S. history from World War II to the present. The author suggests that: (i) the U.S. government must put into practice a sound foreign language policy that permits immigrants to utilize their native language skills; (ii) the government must employ its linguistic resources appropriately; and (iii) linguists' field reports must be taken seriously by their supervisors.
Descriptors: Second Languages, Linguistics, Professional Personnel, Federal Government, Public Agencies, Problems, United States History, Public Policy, Native Language, Immigrants, National Security, Recruitment, War, World History, Terrorism
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