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Cultural and Linguistic Advancement for Mission Success (CLAMS) Conference
Fortifying Language, Regional Expertise, and Cultural Competencies to Endure Shifting Strategic Priorities

20 February, 2013 - 22 February, 2013, Arlington, VA, United States

Event Focus

This event is unclassified. With national defense priorities shifting, the demand for cultural and linguistic capabilities is growing in unprecedented ways. Command leaders need a support system of linguistically savvy soldiers, culturally competent officers, and experts who understand the regional nuances of operational locales. In an age of austerity, maximizing skill set investments prevails as a primary challenge for the Department of Defense. Recent conflicts have shown how knowledge of language, regional expertise, and culture are imperative to success in future engagements. This second annual forum is proud to present a team of thought-leaders from the LREC community showcasing current DoD efforts to consolidate resources, draft strategies, and utilize skills to exceed mission objectives.

In addition to benefiting from a dynamic presentation format consisting of workshops, panel discussions and case studies, attendees will experience:

  • Interactive Conference Sessions
  • 20 case study driven briefings
  • 10-15 Minutes of Q&A Time After Each Presentation- Providing an opportunity to address specific questions and concerns affecting YOU
  • 4+ Hours of Networking
  • Online Access to Materials Post-Event - Convenient reference to content back at your office to discuss with colleagues


Key Topics

  • Joint Foreign Area Officer Program on the FAO Community's role in present future operations
  • U.S. Army Research Institute on the impact of negative cross-cultural events on soldier performance
  • Center for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications on the strategic significance of cultural communication
  • Defense Intelligence Agency on civil-military relationships in the African theater
  • Naval Postgraduate School on how the Regional Security Education Program prepares commanders for regional and cultural challenges


Key Speakers 

  • Lieutenant Colonel David Walton, Department Chair, Directorate of Regional Studies and Education, U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School
  • Dr. Peter Siska, Chair of Regional Studies, Center for Language, Cultures, and Regional Studies, U.S. Military Academy, West Point
  • Dr. Mahir J. Ibrahimov, Army Senior Culture and Foreign Language Advisor, U.S. Army TRADOC

Who Should Attend

We invite Generals, Admirals, PEOs, Directors, Chiefs, Commanders, Colonels, Captains, Program Managers, Instructors and Senior Officials from the DoD, Department of State, and Intelligence Agencies and similar with responsibilities in:

  • Foreign Language
  • Cultural Training
  • Cultural Studies
  • Intelligence/HUMINT
  • ISR
  • Communications
  • Acquisition / Procurement
  • Special Operations
  • Civil Military Operations
  • Foreign Affairs


Venue

Embassy Suites Hotel Crystal City
Arlington, VA
United States of America

The conference agenda is available as PDF under downloads.

Conference Speakers

  • Colonel Charles W. Beadling, MD, USAF (Ret.), Principal Investigator, Defense Medical Language  Initiative, Director, Center for Disaster and Humanitarian Assistance Medicine (CDHAM)
  • John Bird, Colonel (ret), Director, TRADOC Culture Center, US Army Intelligence Center of Excellence
  • Lieutenant Colonel David Walton, Department Chair, Directorate of Regional Studies and Education, U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School
  • Maj. Dustin Menhart, Instructor of Geography and Regional Studies, U.S. Military Academy, West Point
  • Tristan James Mabry, PhD, Founding Executive Director and Current Academic Advisor, Joint Foreign Area Officer Program, Naval Postgraduate School
  • Ambassador Alberto M. Fernandez, Coordinator, Center for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications, U.S. Department of State
  • Ambassador John Herbst, Director, Center for Complex Operations, Institute for National Strategic Studies
  • Roberto “BJ” Sanchez, Senior Strategist for Foreign Language & Area Office, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence
  • Dr. Peter Siska, Chair of Regional Studies, Center for Language, Cultures, and Regional Studies, U.S. Military Academy, West Point
  • Dr. Audra Grant, LREC Regional Advisor for Africa, Center for Language, Regional Expertise and Culture, Defense Intelligence Agency
  • Dr. Richard Brecht, Founding Executive Director, Center for Advanced Language Study, University of Maryland
  • Master Sergeant Larry DeBusk, Department of Regional Studies, US Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School
  • Dr. Richard Griffith, Director, Institute for Cross-Cultural Management, Florida Tech
  • Dr. Mahir J. Ibrahimov, Army Senior Culture and Foreign Language Advisor, U.S. Army TRADOC
  • Dr. Brook Hefright, Assistant Research Scientist, Center for Advanced Language Study, University of Maryland

Downloads:

Event details

Marcus Evans Defense
20 February, 2013
22 February, 2013
Arlington
Embassy Suites Hotel Crystal City
Virginia
United States
Conference
ASDE-2471


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