(By Balaseshan) General Dynamics Corp. (NYSE:GD), an aerospace and defense company, said its subsidiary has got a $17.3 million contract to manage and expand the National Language Service Corps (NLSC).
General Dynamics Information Technology has received the 33-month contract from the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) to support the NLSC, a civilian corps of volunteers with certified proficiency in diverse languages.
The company would work closely with the Defense Language and National Security Education Office (formerly Defense Language Office) to expand NLSC operational capabilities and to meet the unique language-support needs of the Defense Department and other federal agencies.
The NLSC was established to provide a surge capability in the full range of language service needs both in the United States and abroad.
General Dynamics will provide materials and briefing support to build awareness and understanding of NLSC among government agencies and the DoD, as well as assist agencies in identifying and fulfilling their language and cultural needs.
As part of the contract, General Dynamics will help the NLSC establish regional membership organizations, develop program requirements for each organization and select and prepare members for assignments.
Member-based support includes recruiting and maintaining a cadre of members with diverse language backgrounds and abilities as well as developing mission and language proficiency training programs including translation and interpretation skills. The company will also support the development of commercial standards in language services.
The NLSC provides more than 3,400 linguists skilled in 242 languages to support a variety of DoD and federal agency missions.
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