Dr. Sam EisenActing Director, Defense Language and National Security Education Office (DLNSEO)

Dr. Sam Eisen is currently Acting Director of the Defense Language and National Security Education Office (DLNSEO) in the Defense Human Resources Activity (DHRA). In this role, Dr. Eisen advises senior leaders on policy and programmatic matters regarding foreign language, culture, and regional expertise for Department of Defense personnel. Dr. Eisen also evaluates changes in legislation, policies, regulations, directives, and funding to assess the impact on language, cultural, and regional capabilities within the Department for Active Duty, National Guard and Reserve personnel, DoD civilians, and contractors. The DLNSEO has program management oversight of many high value training and education programs to include the Defense Language Institutes (Foreign Language Center and English Language Center), the Joint Foreign Area Officer program, and the Department's language testing program and culture programs as well as the National Security Education Program, which includes the Language Flagship Initiative, ROTC Project Global Officer, Language Training Centers, Boren Scholarships and Fellowships, the English for Heritage Language Speakers program, and the National Language Service Corps.

Prior Experience

As Director of Programs at the Defense Language and National Security Education Office (DLNSEO) Dr. Eisen holds responsibility for strategic language programming through the Language Flagship program, Boren Scholarships and Fellowships, ROTC Project Global Officer, the Language Training Centers, and English for Heritage Language Speakers. Before coming to DLNSEO, Dr. Eisen served as the Director of the Advanced Training and Research Group in International and Foreign Language Education at the U.S. Department of Education (2007-2011), where he provided oversight for Title VI and Fulbright Hays programming designed to develop and maintain national capacity in foreign language and international and area studies. Dr. Eisen also served at the U.S. Department of State (1999-2007) in the Office of the Coordinator of U.S. Assistance to Europe and Eurasia and coordinated the FREEDOM Support Act funding for academic and professional exchange programs and democracy promotion programs for the former Soviet Union. Before joining the federal government, Dr. Eisen taught Russian language, literature, and culture as Assistant Professor of Russian Studies at American University in Washington, DC. 

He holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Russian Language and Literature from Stanford University and a B.A. in Russian from Amherst College.