Ladies & Gents,
9 updates today:
a. FY13 Language Sustainment update
b. Joint FAO Basic Course
c. Joint FAO Phase II Courses
d. Marine Corps Service Campaign Plan - Annex V: Interagency Integration Strategy
e. FAO/RAO community can complement ONR-G efforts
f. Afghanistan Seminar
g. Security Cooperation Planners Course (SCPC)
h. Advanced FAO language enhancement courses
i. CalState intensive language programs
a. FY13 Language Sustainment update:
75 language sustainment requests have been approved to date in FY13.
37 of 75 include TAD for regional immersion.
38 of 75 include local tutors and language schools.
$5,730 is the average request amount this year.
21 of 37 TAD complete (57%); 14 of 21 travel claims settled (67%); 4 DTS claims being worked
24 of 38 tuition bills paid (63%)
9 travel claims/tuition have come in over the obligated amount ($7,306 over)
- DTS travel expense surprises,
- under-estimating miscellaneous travel expenses (to/from airport...)
- under-estimating per diem
- several Marines executing independent TAD for the 1st time
12 TAD travel claims outstanding + 14 tuition claims outstanding, + good chance that more will overspend their requested amounts = PLU holding remaining funds as a buffer (as needed).
PLU has 2 more completed requests standing by for approval.
Full stop on language sustainment requests for now.
DLNSEO is looking to justify providing language sustainment funds in FY14.
DLNSEO needs our AARs + DLPT/OPI results to make a strong case!
PLU currently has 8 AARs + 8 DLPT/OPI results (38%).
b. Joint FAO Basic Course:
Who: 23 Marines from FY13 class
What: 5-day course to begin familiarity with DoD FAO/RAO community
Where: Monterey, CA
NPS + DLI
When: 10-14 June, 2013
Why: 23 of 177 newly designated FAOs/RAOs this summer (13%) are Marines.
USA, USN, and USAF follow the same standard & requirements for FAO designation, and sooner or later,,, we all serve together. We can learn from each other.
U.S. Army = Executive Agent for establishing a Basic Course to introduce the Joint FAO community to our newest members.
All courses are video-taped & posted on FAOweb. For those who cannot make it to Monterey, I encourage you to log into FAOweb and watch.
https://fao.nps.edu/web/faoweb/courses (click "Learn" on top bar, then "Joint Courses") you can see full videos of last years + this year's courses.
If you need a free FAOweb account, see MARADMIN 215/11 and contact Mr. Brian Boulware firstname.lastname@example.org / 831 656-1080 or Mr. Jim Howard email@example.com / 831 656-1067
c. Joint FAO Phase II Courses:
Who: any senior FAOs/RAOs
What: 3 new 1-week "phase II" courses
a. Energy Security: 15-17 Jul
b. Middle East Region: 12-16 Aug
c. Asia-Pacific Region: 16-20 Sep
Where: Washington, DC
a. Naval Support Facility, 701 South Courthouse Rd, Arlington, VA
b. Near East South Asia (NESA) Center for Strategic Studies, 2100 2nd St. SW, suite 4308, Washington, DC
When: Jul-Sep, as listed above
Why: To refresh regional SA, network among senior FAOs who have been in the business a while, and learn something new.
U.S. Navy = Executive Agent for establishing an Advanced Course to keep senior FAOs sharp, as they've been out of school for a while.
All courses are video taped & unclass courses are posted on FAOweb. Same details as above. https://fao.nps.edu/web/faoweb/courses
Details: see agenda (attached) for first 2.
Phase II courses are intended for O5+ officers. I'll sneak a senior O4 in if I can.
Contact PLU if interested in attending. Application format pending. Let us know who's interested,, we'll work the fine print details this summer.
DLNSEO cannot fund TAD as they did before for Joint FAO skills sustainment Program courses. PLU does not have funds for TAD, so if interested, be prepared to self-fund.
Great courses. Top notch line-up of presenters. Unique opportunity for FAO/RAO community of all services.
More details to follow.
d. Marine Corps Service Campaign Plan - Annex V: Interagency Integration Strategy:
What: signed & released "Annex V"
When: May 2013
Why: Provides Service-level guidance for USMC to more effectively embrace Interagency
Identifies methodology to achieve DoD missions with awareness + unity of effort with Interagency
Outlines objectives, requirements... and assignments to support Interagency integration
POC: Maj Amy "Krusty" McGrath, Interagency Policy Coordinator, PP&O/PLU-7, firstname.lastname@example.org / 703 693-9766
e. FAO/RAO community can complement ONR-G efforts:
Who: Office of Naval Research Global (ONR-G)
What: Provides science and technology (S&T) advice to SECNAV, and develops technology to enable future operational concepts
Opportunity for mutual support between FAO/RAO community + ONR-G
Where: ONR Global offices: ONR Science Advisor offices: email@example.com
Arlington, VA (firstname.lastname@example.org / 314 235-6009) Norfolk, VA; Newport, RI; San Diego, CA; Mechanicsburg, PA; Camp Lejeune, NC
Santiago, Chile (email@example.com / +562-330-3154 ) Naples, Italy
London, UK (firstname.lastname@example.org / +44 01895-61-6405 Doha, Bahrain
Prague, Czech Republic (email@example.com / +420-257-022-030 ) Okinawa + Yokosuka, Japan
Singapore (firstname.lastname@example.org / +65-6476-9443)
Tokyo, Japan (email@example.com / +81-3-3401-8924)
When: long time
Why: identify and facilitate emerging science & technology (S&T) relationships.
Details: ONR-G staff are in all the locations mentioned above, building S&T relationships with academia and technology developers around the globe.
Always looking for the next cutting edge innovations & ideas that will enable how we do business in the future.
FAO/RAO community (PEPs, LNOs, FPME, Olmsted Scholars, etc) can help ONR accomplish its mission by virtue of your presence overseas, and broaden civ-mil perspectives in the process.
No collection effort. Opportunity to learn & support another function of DoD accomplishing a mission to stay at the front of S&T efforts globally.
f. Afghanistan Seminar:
Who: University of Nebraska, Omaha Center for Afghanistan Studies (UNOCAS)
What: Afghanistan Seminar
Where: Univ of Nebraska, Omaha
When: 08-26 July, 2013
21 Jun = application deadline
Description: During the Afghanistan Seminar, participants rapidly develop basic language skills, cultural awareness, and a historical understanding of modern Afghanistan. Morning sessions focus on politics, ethnic relations, gender issues, terrorism, and a variety of other topics. Afternoons are devoted to developing practical communication skills in Pashto and Dari, or Afghan Persian. Some evenings feature cultural exchanges with Omaha’s Afghan community. The three-week experience prepares both civilian and military personnel for making their time in country more productive.
Funding: This training opportunity is completely funded by ODNI through the NGA Foreign Language and Culture Office (HDF)—there is no cost to your office other than the time away needed to attend the course.
Enrollment procedures: Interested personnel should complete the following sections of the attached SF182 (Section A “Trainee Information, Section D 1a-2e “Approvals”), have their supervisor digitally sign, and then forward to Matthew Doughty, NGA Foreign Language & Culture Office Training Manager, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, phone: (314) 676-0454, and courtesy copy the NGA Foreign Language & Culture Office at email@example.com.
See Afghan Immersion schedule + UNOsf182 (attached). Contact me for more info.
g. Security Cooperation Planners Course (SCPC)
Who: Marine Corps Security Cooperation Group (MCSCG)
What: SCPC = 5-day course
Where: Fort Story, VA
When: 24-28 Jun
Why: To provide working knowledge of Security Cooperation (SC) tools that include legislation, national policy, SC engagement planning, funding authorities, foreign disclosure, combatant commander perspectives + priorities, and organization interaction to implement and achieve DoD SC goals.
MTTs are possible with coordination. Class comes to Monterey, CA once a year in March. Highly recommended. If USMC does something that involves foreigners, it's probably Security Cooperation.
POC: Capt Jamie Ash, SCPC Coordinator, Jamie.firstname.lastname@example.org / 757 962-4430 x2273
Details: see SCPC Quicklook (attached)
h. Advanced FAO language enhancement courses:
Who: DLI Continuing Education
What: Advanced Chinese class (class # 21531CM41313)
Advanced Korean class (class # 21531KP40913) with Prof. Joonki Baek
Broadband Language Training System (BLTS) = skype with DLI advanced class
When: Chinese: 13Jun - 08Aug on Thursdays. Time TBD
Korean: 14Aug - 25Sep on Wednesdays. Time TBD
Why: help maintain + improve language skills.
Details: classes are for 2/2 (and better) speakers.
Classes meet for 2 hours (focus on speaking), with three on-line modules (3-5 hours self-study)
Chinese class will focus on Environment issues, Military modernization, and Security Assistance issues
Korean class will focus on NGOs, Mass media/communications, and popular culture
POC: Mr. Madison Hughes, Non-Resident Scheduling Administrator, DLI, Madison.email@example.com / 831 242-5847
Mr. Youssef Carpenter, Joint FAO Program Manager, DLI, firstname.lastname@example.org / 831 242-3794
i. CalState intensive language programs:
Who: California State University - Long Beach (CSULB), Language Training Center (LTC) CSULB
What: 2013 Summer Intensive Programs (tuition-free language classes for DoD)
Where: Long Beach, CA (Chinese + French)
San Francisco, CA (Persian Farsi)
Los Alamitos, CA (Arabic)
When: 03-18 Jun = Mandarin Chinese
08-23 Jul = French
15-30 Jul = Persian Farsi
05-20 Aug = Arabic
Why: raise intermediate (1+) and advanced (2, 2+, 3) language proficiency by "+"
150 instructional hours per course (10 hours/day)
6-10 students per class; first come, first served. Active + Reserve welcome
POC: Mr. Pat O'Rourke, CSULB Language Program Manager, Patrick.email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org
See CSULB LTC 2013 Fact Sheet (attached)