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US Congress wants Pentagon to address shortfalls in Russian language expertise

May 08, 1:15 UTC+3 WASHINGTON

A proposal requires the Secretary of Defense to provide a plan for how the Department is building competency in these areas

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WASHINGTON, May 8. /TASS/. The US Secretary of Defense will need to draw up plan to address shortfalls in Chinese, Korean, and Russian language expertise, says a proposal to the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019, released by the United States House Committee on Armed Services.

One section of the bill requires "the Secretary of Defense to provide a plan to address shortfalls in Chinese, Korean, and Russian language and expertise across the Department of Defense. "Specifically, the plan shall provide a near-term and long-term plan for how the Department is building competency in these critical 51 areas and the Secretary of Defense shall submit that plan to the congressional defense committees not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act," the document adds.

The Committee will consider the bill later in the week and then it will be voted by the House of Representatives. After that, US senators will work on the document.

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