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Leading with Regional and Cultural Expertise: Navy Cryptologic Technicians Go Beyond Linguistics

 

Have you ever heard of cryptology? It’s the study of the codes and techniques needed for secure communication. However, a Cryptologic Technician-Interpretive (CTI)—like Navy Chief Donna Gordon—does way more than just study linguistic code:

“Linguists aren’t just interpreting and translating. We’re also producing intelligence reports … with the potential to be seen by some high-level decision making [personnel].”

As the cyber community grows, so do cyber threats to our national security. Chief Gordon utilizes her world language proficiency to analyze encrypted electronic communications, decipher information in foreign languages, and provide cultural and regional guidance to support the U.S. Navy’s multinational needs. She describes CTIs, simply put, as: “the regional and cultural expert for [their] target language.”

Security clearance in hand, and with the benefit of being “Forged by the Sea,” the Navy’s CTIs use their language skills to keep the nation secure.

Curious about language jobs with federal agencies? Check out our Careers in Government page for ideas, information on scholarships, and links to several career sites. You can also find out more about U.S. Navy careers here.