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Regional Expertise

Measuring and Reporting Leadership and Core Competency Domains

This interim report summarizes the results of an independent assessment of Department of Defense (DoD) personnel systems and databases, focused on the identification and differentiation of what personnel data exist, where, and at what organizational level, as well as what is done with those data.

Regional Expertise and Cultural Proficiency

This report describes the development of an operational tool for planners that enables them to identify REC capability requirements during the planning process.

The Infusion of Language, Regional, and Cultural Content into Military Education

This report documents IDA’s examination of the infusion of language, regional, and cultural (LRC) content into Professional Military Education (PME) across the Services, from pre-commissioning through the General Officer/Flag Officer (GO/FO) level.

Baby-Naming Around the World

In many countries and cultures, the act of naming a baby is more than just signing a birth certificate: it can involve legal guidelines and cultural celebrations that you may not be aware of in the US.

A YouTube channel preserving the authentic recipes of Italian Grannies

Food is important in every culture.  We all have to eat, and eating connects us socially in ways that permeate every aspect of life.

New Efforts to Train DoD on Culture and Language

The Pentagon’s efforts to provide language and culture training and education continued to expand. Here, we discuss different LREC training options around DoD, as discussed in a recent article for MS&T Magazine.

Bringing a "good luck" flag home

A professor at the Air Force Culture and Language Center discusses her journey with the Obon Society to return a Japanese "good luck" flag. The Obon Society specializes in war reconciliation through the return of personal items taken during WWII.

Ramadan and the World Cup

This year, the end of Ramadan, the month of fasting observed by Muslims around the world, coincides with the World Cup. How are athletes able to both observe their faith and remain dedicated, strong athletes at the same time?

Creating Maps for a Crisis

We look at the importance of having accurate maps during global health and humanitarian crises, and what organizations such as Missing Maps are doing in order to create these with the help of local communities and volunteers.

Are you a heritage speaker of a language other than English? Would you like to work in the U.S. federal government?

Native speakers of critical languages are in high demand in the U.S. government. The English for Heritage Language Speakers program is a recruiting and training pipeline for specialized talent in the U.S.