The conflict in Iraq known as Desert Storm generated a faster and more efficient language training requirement than then existed for Iraqi Arabic linguists to perform translation, interpretation and interrogation. As the director of the Military Intelligence Foreign Language Center (MIFLTC), Ft. Huachuca, AZ, it became my responsibility to design and develop more efficient and effective Arabic language training in 2011.
In collaboration with the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center (DLIFLC), the MIFLTC staff and Department of the Army Intelligence General Staff (DAG2) I spearheaded the development of 24 and 41 week initial entry Arabic language courses for Military Intelligence Soldiers. Our objective was to familiarize them with basic Arabic speaking, listening, reading and writing. The emphasis was more on the active skills of speaking and listening which enhanced the passive skills of reading and writing. The courses included an in-country immersion to Egypt for 2 weeks.
The outcome of this joint collaborative effort was that students achieved a basic to intermediate proficiency as determined by a Defense Language Institute (DLI) administered OPI (oral proficiency interview) and DLPT (Defense Language Proficiency Test). I and my team of instructors accomplished the objective in less time with a resultant cost savings that was an improvement over existing government Arabic language programs. Thus, Arabic language enabled Soldiers were provided to the conflict more efficiently and quickly than in previous years. It is important to note that my training program also included culture instruction and orientation by the educated, native speaking instructors from Egypt, Sudan and Iran.