Linguistic support to operations (JDN 1/13)

Explains the characteristics of linguists, how we should employ them and how language capability contributes to defence output.



Language capability enables understanding and helps deliver influence. JDN 1/13: ‘Linguistic support to operations’ aims to capture relevant governance and joint linguist practice. It is the first step to evolving our capability and doctrine so they are consistent with future defence needs.

This publication:

  • tells us how language capability contributes to defence output;
  • explains how we generate language capability;
  • covers the characteristics of military linguists, locally employed civilian linguists and other contracted linguists, and
  • explains how we should employ linguists.
Published 2 April 2013