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Linguist/Language Analyst Chinese and Persian Farsi Cross-Training Program - Entry to Experienced - Performance Level

NSA hire applicants into the MDLA Cross-Training (language acquisition or language enhancement) Program to develop Chinese and Persian Farsi expertise to support NSA mission. The Language Analysis Cross Training Program is designed to cross-train individuals in the acquisition of another language which is critically needed to fulfill NSA's mission, or the enhancement of a language already minimally learned. Optimally qualified candidates will have already demonstrated the ability to attain advanced proficiency in a foreign language as an adult learner. After successful completion of the Cross Training Program, most graduates will enter the Language Analysis Development Program (LADP), which lasts up to three years.

MDLAs are the forefront of carrying out NSA's SIGINT mission and they do so in variety of ways:
  • Offer US policymakers and military leaders a window into the foreign language world of intelligence targets by analyzing, transcribing and translating key information
  • Research and understand foreign intelligence targets, how they operate, and how they fit in the larger geo-political context
  • Apply new techniques and develop creative solutions to address analytic problems such as synthesizing large volumes of data and disparate success sources of information
  • Demonstrate a firm understanding of the communications environment and technology trends of foreign intelligence targets
  • Craft written and oral assessments of foreign intelligence that provide unique insights into target intentions unavailable from other intelligence disciplines
  • Work independently and collaborate effectively (both within NSA and with other analysts in the Intelligence Community) in research, analysis and reporting