Much like technology, the ability to speak a language is becoming, for better or worse, more and more relevant. Whether choosing what language to use for assistance on the phone or while lost while hiking through the Andes, knowing a second language can be a valuable asset.
Foreign language capabilities include a broad range of language proficiency skills and other abilities, such as cultural awareness and understanding, regional expertise, and skill in translation and interpretation. The CIA in particular places a high value on language, and not just for its operations officers (OO) or for getting out of emergencies. In this age of retinal scanners and thumbprint-lock iPhones, language and its use in intelligence operations is the old man on the block.
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