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THE DEFENCE OPERATIONAL LANGUAGES SUPPORT UNIT PROJECT TEAM LT COL A J PARROTT RLC SO 1 DOLSU PT
PRESENTATION AIM To inform you of the work being carried forward by the DOLSU Project Team in order to create a fully operational DOLSU by Spring 2009
THE DOLSU MISSION The DOLSU will generate in a timely way, sustain and manage operational language capability in order to support joint operations.
WHY THE DOLSU ? Lessons identified on OPERATION TELIC House of Commons Defence Committee Report Directorate of Operational Capability – Appraisal of Defence Language Capability PROJECT GALLIARD – Review of the Operational Language Capability Requirement
LANGUAGE CAPABILITY IS “THE FORGOTTEN FORCE MULTIPLIER”
THE DOLSU TASKS LANGUAGE CAPABILITY GENERATION LANGUAGE CAPABILITY MANAGEMENT LANGUAGE INTELLIGENT CUSTOMER
LANGUAGE CAPABILITY GENERATION (LCG) Maintain Language Skills Database Co-ordinate Maintenance / Refresher Training Language Skills Financial Incentives Scheme High Level Language Skills Generation Survival Level Language Skills Generation Reserve Forces Language Skills Generation Wider Language Capability Generation Management of Deployed Reserve Linguists
LANGUAGE CAPABILITY MANAGEMENT (LCM) Language Estimates and Reconnaissance Deployment of LCM teams to support operations Home based support to LCM teams Prepare Basic Level Language Skills Packages Prepare Basic Level Cultural Awareness Packages Training Packages for LCM Personnel Training Packages for Interpreters / Translators
LANGUAGE INTELLIGENT CUSTOMER (LIC) Advice to Formations and Units Statements of Training Requirement Mo. D Language Examination Board / Westminster University Contract Training Needs Analysis Training Evaluation
DOLSU TIMELINES Sep 06 - Set Up Team complete Mar 07 - Move to Permanent Location Apr 07 - Initial Operating Capability Team complete Sep 07 - Initial Operating Capability established Apr 08 - Full Operating Capability authorised Sep 08 - Full Operating Capability Team complete Apr 09 - Full Operating Capability established
THE DEFENCE OPERATIONAL LANGUAGES SUPPORT UNIT (DOLSU) A PROPOSED STRUCTURE DOLSU PT SO 1 ARMY DOLSU MANAGEMENT TEAM DOLSU IT SO 2 RAF WO 2 SP ARMY DLCC DOLSU LANGUAGE CAPABILITY MANAGEMENT SECTION SO 2 RN SO 2 ARMY SO 3 ARMY FULL OPERATING CAPABILITY CIV E LANGUAGE CAPABILITY GENERATION SECTION LANGUAGE INTELLIGENT CUSTOMER CELL SO 2 ARMY MSF C 2 CIV D WO RN HIO 1 C 2 SO 3 RAF CIV D HIO 2 CIV E CIV C 2
THE DEFENCE OPERATIONAL LANGUAGES SUPPORT UNIT (DOLSU) KEY RESPONSIBILITIES OF POSTS PERSONNEL SUMMARY DOLSU RN 2 POSTS ARMY 5 POSTS RAF 2 POSTS CIV 2 POSTS Ex DLCC 1 POST SO 1 ARMY, CO DOLSU *SO 2 RAF, 2 IC DOLSU & 5 th LCM SECT MEMBER LANGUAGE CAPABILITY GENERATION SECTION *SO 2 RN, OC SECT & LANG TEAM LEADER +SO 2 ARMY, SOTR, MAINT, FIN, DATABASE SO 2 ARMY, CA TEAM LEADER *MSF ‘C 2’, RESERVES & OUTSOURCING *SO 3 ARMY, LANG TEAM MEMBER SO 3 RAF, CA TEAM MEMBER WO 2 ARMY, CHIEF CLERK *CIV CLK ‘E’, CLERICAL SP 6 POSTS LANGUAGE CAPABILITY MANAGEMENT SECTION DOLSU MANAGEMENT TEAM WO RN, CURRENT OPS CIV ‘C 2’, CONTINGENT OPS LANGUAGE INTELLIGENT CUSTOMER CELL SO 2 ARMY, TEAM LEADER & MODLEB CIV ‘D’, HIGH LEVEL EXAMS HIO 1 ‘C 2’, TNA CIV ‘D’, LOW LEVEL EXAMS HIO 2 ‘C 2’, TRG EVAL CIV ‘E’, EXAM ADMIN
THE DOLSU SOME OTHER CONSIDERATIONS Command Location Attitudes
Command Mo. D – Directorate of Joint Capability Control of Scarce Resources at the Highest Level
Location Choice constrained by available space Political constraints Working Relationships with Mo. D, PJHQ, DSL, FLEET, LAND and STRIKE. RAF NORTHOLT?
Attitudes The DOLSU is the structural component of addressing the Operational Language Capability issue Considerable attitudinal shift is also required in many personnel at all ranks
THE DEFENCE OPERATIONAL LANGUAGES SUPPORT UNIT PROJECT TEAM ANY QUESTIONS ?