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Why culture knowledge matters for national security

January 21, 2014

Throughout our history, many people in America have learned English as a second language. French, German, and Spanish immigrants were followed by Italians and other Europeans. Later came an influx of Asians.

Most immigrants have integrated and learned English for their own needs, but these non-native English speakers have also benefited national security.

The U.S. military has used linguists to help with their knowledge of both languages and cultures. This can be helpful in routine situations like coordinating port visits of American flagged ships. It can also be helpful in higher stakes events, like trying to bring about a cease-fire between two combating forces.

Read to the entire article at Military1.