Government Interagency Coordination

The Language Flagship is an initiative of the National Security Education Program (NSEP), created by the National Security Education Act of 1991, and administered within the Department of Defense’s Defense Language and National Security Education Office (DLNSEO). The Language Flagship also coordinates with partner agency programs that promote Language, Regional Expertise and Culture training and learning including work with the federal Inter-Agency Language Roundtable.

A 14-member National Security Education Board (NSEB), comprised of representatives from eight Cabinet-level departments (including: Department of Commerce, Department of Defense, Department of Education, Department of Energy, Department of Homeland Security, Department of State, National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence), and six Presidentially-appointed members, advise NSEP. The NSEB was established as part of NSEP, prescribed in the National Security Education Act of 1991, P.L. 102-183, December 1991, as amended. The NSEB provides important value to NSEP by ensuring that its programs meet broad national security needs.

The Language Flagship collaborates with federal programs to increase the pool of language enabled citizens in the United States. Each of the below federal programs provides funding for the study of critical languages. These coordinating inter-agency partnerships strengthen the overall U.S. government approach to address shortfalls in professional language expertise.

Department of Education

Department of Defense

Department of State