by David Crane
A company called Tactical Language Training LLC (Los Angeles, CA) is marketing an Iraqi Arabic language course to military and civilian personnel operating or soon-to-be operating in Iraq called "Tactical Iraqi".
According to the company website, the Tactical Iraqi language course utilizes…
artificial intelligence, computer-game-based interactive-animation simulations, speech recognition, and "advanced educational and human factors methodologies" to teach the student quickly. Tactical Iraqi teaches both spoken Iraqi Arabic and certain cultural nuances like gestures that are an important trust-building aspect to communication with Iraqi people. Tactical Iraqi is the second language in the Tactical Language and Culture Training Systems series that the company has produced in collaboration with the University of Southern California (USC).
The previous language course in the series was called Tactical Levantine. While DefenseReview doesn’t currently know what that is, we’ll research it.
The Marine Corps Expeditionary Warfare School at Camp Pendleton and other military groups/organizations in the U.S. and Iraq are already incorporating Tactical Iraqi into their training, and the course is currently under evaluation at the United States Military Academy at West Point.
Other languages, like Tactical Pashto, are still under development.
Click here to learn more about some of the feedback the company has received on Tactical Iraqi.