WASHINGTON, August 14. /TASS/. The Pentagon will have to evaluate the operational requirements for US military personnel possessing foreign language expertise in foreign languages, including Russian, says the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act signed by US President Donald Trump on Monday.
"Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Defense shall evaluate the operational requirements for members of the Armed Forces possessing foreign language expertise in critical languages, including Chinese, Korean, Russian, Farsi, and Arabic; and submit to the congressional defense committees a plan to address any shortfalls in these critical areas," the document says.
Besides, the $716 bln National Defense Authorization Act mentions "security sector assistance for Ukraine, including defensive lethal assistance, while promoting necessary reforms of the defense institutions." The document also provides for a number of measures aimed at containing Russia in the military field.