Capabilities-Based Requirement Identification Process (CBRIP)

The CBRIP is a standardized methodology for Department of Defense Components to identify Language, Regional Expertise, and Culture (LREC) capability requirements to inform force development.  The CBRIP allows combatant commands to express their need for LREC capabilities based on their Universal Joint Task List missions, tasks, and activities.  This ground breaking process is endorsed by the Joint Requirement Oversight Council and is currently detailed in Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Instruction 3126.01A, “Language, Regional Expertise, and Culture Capability Identification, Planning, and Sourcing.”  Identification of the requirement is the foundational step in allocation of resources to recruit, train, and sustain the force.

Capabilities-Based Review (CBR)

The CBR is a biennial review of national-level policy, strategy, guidance and intelligence assessments to inform the Department on foreign language requirements 10 to 15 years into the future.  This review generates the Prioritized Country and Prioritized Language Lists from which the Department of Defense Strategic Language List is derived.

Strategic Language List (SLL)

The SLL provides the required 10-to-15-year strategic outlook to inform the Department’s foreign language planning and resourcing for training, testing, incentivizing, recruiting, and manning the force with language capabilities that present the greatest utility toward achieving U.S. national security interests. 

To view the SLL, click here.

Department of Defense Language Trigraph List

The language trigraph list shows the data values used in the Department’s personnel data reporting system.  Each language is assigned a three-character trigraph.  The list is not an exhaustive list of all languages and dialects.  Instead, it reflects languages in which the Department has reason to record information.  The list is formalized in the Common Human Resource Information Standard (CHRIS) System.

To see the DoD Language Trigraph List click here or here (no CAC required).

Regional Proficiency Assessment Tool (RPAT)

The RPAT is a ground-breaking analytical tool to assess the propensity of DoD personnel to perform duties in 15 regions of the world.  It is designed to provide commanders a means to quickly identify personnel in their commands who possess skills relevant to key regions and compare them to identified needs for regional expertise.  RPAT goes beyond simple skill attribute tracking by using algorithms to assess individuals’ formal education, duty assignments; deployment and stationing history, training, and foreign language skills to derive a regional proficiency rating on a six-point scale from 0+ to 5.  The RPAT collects information via a user interface operated by the Defense Manpower Data Center (DMDC).  Future plans call for evolving the RPAT into a personnel system data mining tool that will pull its information from personnel data bases, eliminating the need for collecting data via the user interface.  RPAT information will reside in the Language Readiness Index in the Defense Readiness Reporting System (DRRS).

Language Readiness Index (LRI)

The LRI is a strategic, near real-time web-based tool integrated into the DRRS suite of software applications.  It tracks the inventory of all Active and Reserve Component Military and DoD Civilians with either tested or self-professed foreign language proficiency.  The LRI is updated by Service data systems weekly.  DLNSEO compares this input to DMDC quarterly reports to ensure accuracy.  The LRI also holds the language, regional expertise, and culture Capabilities-Based Requirement Information Process results submitted by the Geographic Combatant Commands.  The Department uses the LRI to compare foreign language capability inventory against capability requirements and analyze potential gaps in the Total Force and inform decisions on acceptable risk levels.