Strengthening national security through critical language and culture expertise
NSEP was established by the David L. Boren National Security Education Act of 1991 (U.S. Code 50, 90 et seq.). NSEP represents an important post Cold War investment in vital expertise in languages and cultures critical to U.S. national security. The program is implemented by the Secretary of Defense, who has delegated his authority to the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness. Learn more about NSEP Administration
The National Security Education Program (NSEP) was established by the David L. Boren National Security Education Act (NSEA), as amended, P.L. 102-183, codified at 50 U.S.C. 1901 et seq. It was signed into law by President George H. W. Bush on December 4, 1991. The NSEA mandated the Secretary of Defense to create the National Security Education Program (NSEP) to award:
Also mandated in the NSEA was the creation of the National Security Education Board (NSEB) to provide overall guidance for NSEP.
As a U.S. Senator from Oklahoma from 1979 to 1994, David L. Boren served on the Senate Finance and Agriculture Committees and was also the longest serving chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. He is author of the National Security Education Act, which established NSEP. Senator Boren currently serves as the 13th president of the University of Oklahoma.
— U.S. Senator David L. Boren (D–OK), National Security Education Program, Breaking the Language Barrier (DVD) Click here to view the video