About Project GO


Project Global Officer (Project GO) is a Department of Defense initiative aimed at improving the language skills, regional expertise, and intercultural communication skills of future military officers. Sponsored by the Defense Language and National Security Education Office and administered by the Institute of International Education, Project GO provides institutional grants to U.S institutions of higher education with large ROTC student enrollments, to include the Senior Military Colleges. In turn, these institutions provide language and culture training to ROTC students from across the nation, funding domestic and overseas ROTC language programs and scholarships.  Working in support of Army, Air Force, and Navy ROTC Headquarters, Project GO facilitates collaborative efforts both among universities and ROTC leadership.

Since 2007, Project GO institutions have provided over 5,600 domestic and overseas summer scholarships to ROTC students for critical language study. Project GO has strengthened university infrastructure in the critical languages and created venues for communication amongst ROTC leadership and university personnel.


Defense Language and National Security Education Office - The Defense Language and National Security Education Office (DLNSEO) leads the nation in recruiting, training, sustaining, and enhancing language and culture capabilities to ensure national security and defense readiness by:

  • Building a highly-qualified pool of U.S. citizens with foreign language and international expertise committed to public service through programs and policies,
  • Leading the Department’s strategic policy planning regarding foreign language, culture, and regional expertise for Department of Defense personnel,
  • Providing oversight of high-value training and education Department of Defense initiatives, and
  • Ensuring national and Departmental governance through the Defense Language Steering Committee, the National Security Education Board, and other organizational and professional bodies.

The Institute of International Education -  The Institute of International Education (IIE) administers Project GO institutional grants on behalf of the Defense Language and National Security Education Office. IIE is a world leader in the international exchange of people and ideas. Our expertise enables individuals and institutions to transform their societies through education and training programs. IIE is a world leader in developing and implementing innovative programs that enable faculty, students, sponsors, and societies to harness the power of international education. We currently implement more than 200 programs, benefiting over 42,000 men and women from 183 nations.