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Virtual Translation Center

The on-line edition of the Arizona Republic reports that the leader of a new federal agency announced plans to hire more than 300 civilian linguists nationwide for help in the war on terror at the annual conference of the American Translators Association in Phoenix, AZ, declaring that America’s intelligence agencies are crippled by a shortage of national security translators.

Everette Jordan, director of the National Virtual Translation Center, said the center will recruit language experts to work out of their homes or local offices, converting classified and unclassified documents from 30 to 40 other languages to English.

Jordan said he launched the new agency at Thursday’s conference of the ATA because its 9,000 members understand the challenge and will be vital in meeting it.

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