The Defense Department wants to establish a civilian organization comprised of volunteers and contractual employees who would provide language skills throughout the federal sector. The Pentagon plans to set up the pilot Language Corps over the next three years and expects to have “no fewer than 1,000 members drawn from all sectors of the US population,” according to a May 8 release. The effort would implement an element of the President’s National Security Language Initiative formerly labeled the Civilian Linguist Reserve Corps. In a second May 8 announcement, the Pentagon revealed that it has awarded grants totaling $2 million to Indiana University, San Diego State University, the University of Mississippi, and the University of Texas at Austin to develop a new ROTC Language and Culture Project. This effort would “expose ROTC cadets and midshipmen to the study of languages and cultures of the world critical to national security.”
More than 100 B-21s will be needed if the nation is to avoid creating a high demand/low capacity capability, panelists said on a Hudson Institute webinar. The B-21's flexibility, stealth, range and payload will be in high demand for a wide range of missions, both traditional and new.