The Fourth Annual

Air University

Language, Regional Expertise

and Culture Symposium

March 27-29, 2019  |  Maxwell Air Force Base, AL

Registration opens on DEc 1, 2018

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Inter {cultural} Operability


The Air Force Culture and Language Center will be hosting

the next AU LREC Symposium from March 27-29, 2019.


Take part in the 4th Annual AU LREC Symposium!

We invite you to attend the Air University Language, Regional Expertise and Culture (AU LREC) Symposium. It is a unique event that brings together LREC professionals from inside and outside the Air Force. The conference is designed for experts in the field and provides a platform for academic exchange on topics specific to culture and language education in the military.

We are also seeking presenters for the symposium. This year we will be addressing/exploring the theme of "Inter{cultural}operability".


Interoperability in the military context usually brings to mind the technical and procedural means for cooperating with joint and coalition partners. Cultural knowledge and skills are also an essential element of interoperability, yet they are often not emphasized in PME, military planning, and discussions of long-term strategy. Military personnel regularly face hurdles of a cultural nature when coordinating efforts at tactical, operational and strategic levels of activity. Therefore, this year's AU LREC Symposium asks participants to focus on how culture, regional expertise, and language are at the heart of interoperability.

We have drawn this year's theme in part from the 2018 National Defense Strategy. The document focuses on interoperability especially when it directs us to "strengthen alliances and attract new partners."1 The pillars of this directive are to "uphold a foundation of mutual respect, responsibility, priorities, and accountability;" "expand regional consultative mechanisms and collaborative planning;" and "deepen interoperability."2 In essence, the Department of Defense tells us we should work more effectively with interagency and coalition counterparts as a part of our mission to counter adversaries and deter future conflict.


So, how can we enable inter{culturally}operable Airmen? Presentations at this year's Symposium might address the following questions:

          -How do effective communication skills reinforce partnerships and defuse tensions?

          -What can we learn from our historical alliances?

          -What are our regional partners doing well, and how might we apply their lessons learned?

          -How is linguistic, regional and cultural knowledge integral to key areas of PME, such as leadership, strategy, planning, and international relations?

          -How can the same knowledge be integrated into skill sets used during exercises and operations?


These are only some of the ways that inter{cultural}operability may be highlighted at the 2019 AU LREC Symposium. We invite your submissions to broaden and deepen the Air Force's understanding of this important topic!




You can register for the symposium beginning Dec. 1, 2018. Right now you can download the call for proposals, the abstract template, and the optional symposium Power Point template below.




[2] Ibid., p. 9.


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Maxwell Air Force Base, Montgomery, AL

Rooms for the Symposium will be equipped with computers, projectors, and screens. All buildings will have wi-fi access. Specific venue information will be released to presenters and attendees in early Spring 2019.


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