About and Contact


DLNSEO provides strategic direction, supports policy development, and provides programmatic oversight to the Military Departments, Defense Agencies, and the Combatant Commands on present and future requirements related to language, regional expertise, and culture; and manages a portfolio of programs that provide language support to the Department.

Through policy and programs, DLNSEO builds and sustains a combination of language, regional, and cultural capabilities to meet current, projected, and surge needs, and creates a workforce pipeline that supports U.S. national security needs for the future.

As the focal point for DoD Language, Regional Expertise, and Culture, DLNSEO provides OSD-level guidance in the areas of language and culture training, testing, and curriculum development. It develops, recommends, and monitors policies for language, regional, and culture capabilities related to the accession, management, and utilization of members of the Armed Forces and DoD civilian employees.

DLNSEO supports the DoD mission of building partner capacity through innovative concepts designed to expand Defense foreign language, regional, and cultural skills and capabilities, and through English language training to support heritage recruiting. The office’s vital investment in strategic partnerships with the U.S. education community ensures a flow of highly qualified, language proficient candidates into the federal sector.

Through the National Security Education Program, DLNSEO efforts also support language studies among U.S. undergraduate and graduate students who are committed to federal service in national security through nationally recognized Boren Scholarships and Fellowships, and also expand opportunities to achieve professional level proficiency in critical languages through the Language Flagship Program. DLNSEO’s support of the National Language Service Corps provides rapidly accessible, short-term professional level language services to DoD and government agencies’ immediate surge or training requirements and national emergencies.


DLNSEO Phone Number: (571) 256-0702.  

If you are an NSEP award recipient and/or a federal hiring manager, please contact the NSEP Service Team at nsep@nsep.gov.

Please direct all media inquiries to OSD/PA at the following email address: osd.pentagon.pa.list.dpo-pr@mail.mil.