Richard Outzen

COL Richard Outzen, U.S. Army, is a Foreign Area Officer (FAO) currently attending the National Defense University's Industrial College of the Armed Forces (ICAF).  His tactical background is in Field Artillery and Military Intelligence, but he has been a Middle East FAO for the past fifteen years.  COL Outzen has worked over a decade overseas, including tours in Turkey, Israel, Iraq, and Afghanistan. He has a special interest in language and cultural training, and helped found the Af-Pak Hands program in 2009. He speaks four languages besides English.

COL Rich Outzen makes a plea for a transformational approach to promoting language skills in the force.  Is it possible to turn the failure around?