Successful military deployment in a complicated place like Afghanistan requires soldiers to have all advantages they can carry. Effective weapons, communications gear, transportation and logistics support all help. But now the Army has begun sending soldiers to Afghanistan equipped with something else. It costs very little, and weighs nothing, and yet it can give soldiers an important advantage in dealing with the local population. It’s training in the Dari language and cultural customs. The first group of soldiers has just completed the course. We got an update on the program from Colonel Dino Pick, commandant of the Defense Language Institute’s Foreign Language Center.
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Tom Temin is the host of The Federal Drive, which airs from 6-9 a.m. on 1500 AM in the Washington, DC region and online everywhere. Tom has 30 years experience in journalism, mostly in technology markets. Before coming to Federal News Radio, he was a long-serving editor-in-chief of Government Computer News and Washington Technology magazines.