b'Languages Critical to U.S. National Security AlbanianAfricanAkan/TwiAmharic (all languages) ArabicArmenianAzerbaijaniBahasa (all dialects)BambaraBelarusianBengaliBosnian BulgarianCambodianCantonese Croatian CzechGanGeorgianHaitian HausaHebrewHindiHungarian JapaneseJavaneseKanareseKazakh KhmerKorean KurdishKyrgyz LingalaMacedonianMalayMalayalam Mandarin MoldovanPashtu Persian/FarsiPolishPortuguesePunjabiRomanian Russian SerbianSinhalaSlovak SlovenianSwahiliTagalogTajik TamilTeleguThaiTurkmen TurkishUighurUkrainianUrdu UzbekVietnameseWolofYoruba ZuluThe Primary languages sought by the DO. The rest are other non-Western European languages also critical to US national security. More than a quarter of CIAs new hires claimed at least some foreign language proficiency. More new analysts and collectors go directly into language training after graduating from analytic or operational coursework. Language skills are now a stricter requirement for promotion to CIAs senior ranks. The National Security Education Board (NSEP) emphasizes study of non-Western European languages critical to U.S. national security, such as Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Russian, and Turkish. (Chart source: National Security Education Program at www.nsep.gov/content/critical-languages) 30'