Abstract: Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center (DLIFLC) and How We Utilize the .edu Network

Presenter(s): Terri Brutzman, Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center

The DLIFLC is a Department of Defense organization hosted on an Army installation in Monterey, California. The mission of the institution is to train linguists. The leadership at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) and DLIFLC crafted a solution that has resulted in the .edu network being extended to DLIFLC.

In 2010, a pilot was conducted with one of the language schools to provide Army leadership with the data necessary to decide if the entire institution should transition to the .edu. The pilot was a great success; students and faculty saw immediate improvement with the additional flexibility, and ability to access relevant content and use technologies that were not possible on the military networks. The .edu network has greatly improved the ability to teach linguists how to speak, listen, and write.

The Army created Language Training Detachments throughout (and beyond) the United States that serve as locations for linguists to obtain educational tools, to practice their skills, and to maintain proficiency. These remote locations are also tasked with administering testing to confirm that proficiency levels are maintained.

In October of 2013, the Augusta, GA detachment started a pilot .edu extension. The detachment in Georgia was configured as a remote location utilizing the DLIFLC .edu resources. The successes and challenges, remote administration, network architecture, and the maintenance/lifecycle replacement of systems are detailed in this presentation.