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Stephen Franke United States Local time: 22:55 English to Arabic + ...
Apr 18, 2010
This article is an incomplete, inaccurate, shallow, and poorly-researched (such research as was done beyond the good people at AppTek).
The writer missed the details about the broad range of products available, or under development, for self-training and use of non-linguist US soldiers and their NATO allies in the various languages and regional cultures found in Iraq and Afghanistan.
I must also observe that these hand-held two-way "communicative" devices  are not tactically sound and  their use injects cultural, affective and mental barriers into a bicultural disacourse that is already under tension and anxiety on the part of all the interactants.
Hope this helps add some light and balance to a shoddy article.
Stephen H. Franke Former USDOD Linguist (English-Arabic, Persian and Kurdish) San Pedro, California
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