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Defense Department Cuts 13 of its Language Flagship Programs

The U.S. Department of Defense is cutting funding for 13 of its language flagship programs at universities across the country. This decision has surprised the linguistics community and is seen as a decline in support for postsecondary foreign language education. The programs being eliminated include five Chinese programs, one Portuguese program, three Arabic programs, and four Russian programs. The cuts highlight the need for more stable funding streams for language education programs. The closure of these programs is seen as a disadvantage for the U.S. in terms of diplomacy and national security. The flagship programs have been successful in producing students with high levels of language proficiency and cultural fluency. The closure of these programs is part of a larger trend of declining enrollment in non-English language programs. The decision

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