The Foreign Area Officer Association (FAOA) is the professional organization for active duty, reserve, retired, and former FAOs, Attachés and Security Cooperation officers, and other defense language and international affairs experts, as well as corporate supporters. FAOA is organized for educational, professional, fraternal, and social purposes, as well as promoting esprit-de-corps and networking among past and present FAOA members and the FAO, Attaché, and defense international affairs communities. FAOA publishes the peer-reviewed FAOA Journal of International Affairs, sponsors distinguished speaker events relevant to the FAO discipline, intelligence, and international affairs; conducts networking happy hours known as "FAOs on Tap" throughout the year; and has a scholarship program and FAOA Academic Awards program at all of the Professional Military Education schools and other defense and national level institutes (NPS, NDU, JFSC, NIU). FAOA also helps preserve the history and tradition of this critical career specialty, through our research program and support to the FAO Heritage Display and Hall of Fame at the Pentagon.

Korea Chapter

The Association Board welcomes the FAOA Korea Chapter formed in 2020. For more details, visit their website at the logo below.

Monterey Chapter

FAOA Monterey is a nexus for FAOs, RAOs, RAS, PAS and other professionals who have an interest in politico-military affairs during their time of study at the Naval Postgraduate School and Defense Language Institute. 

FAOA 25th Anniversary

25 Years in 2020

Asking for your support!

Joe Tullbane, at the 2012 FAOA Black Tie Dinner, receiving award in appreciation for his leadership and vision in founding the Foreign Area Officer Association


Jeenie™ Mobile App

The FAO Association would like to introduce FAO members and supporters to the Jeenie™ Mobile application.  FAOs can enjoy a number of services to include becoming a Jeenie (offering Linguist as a Service) and enrolling in Jeenie training to sustain and improve language skills.  To learn more, please view their video below or click here to visit their website.


**  Currently available in the following languages:  Cantonese/Mandarin, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, and Spanish

Thank you!

Foreign Area Officer Association 

25th Anniversary Tribute

Lieutenant General Robert P. Ashley, USA

Former Director, Defense Intelligence Agency

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the FAOA was proud to host the virtual distinguished speaker event. If you have purchased tickets for the "in-person" event, you should be receiving an email and/or click on the link below to use our survey format for refund options.


FAO Pentagon Exhibit

Click here for more details.

Launching the FAOA Store

FAOA has launched the FAOA Store through that allows us to offer pay-as-you-go FAOA branded items and memorabilia. This also allows us to offer an expanded selection of items.



We also have available FAOA-logo challenge coins and lapel pins for $10 and $5 each, plus s/h.  If interested in purchasing FAOA coins or lapel pins, contact directly for more information or to place an order.  

FAOA makes a small profit off of sales, which goes back into operating costs for the association, including our scholarship fund, academic awards program, website and membership management, and admin assistant.

Connecting FAOs...


Writing Awards Program

The FAOA Writing Awards Program officially began in 2012 with five U.S. military War Colleges completing signed Memorandums of Agreement with FAOA.

Congratulations to former FAOA Vice President, United States Army COL Jonathan Dunn - 2019 National War College FAOA Award for Excellence in International Affairs.

FAOA Journal of International Affairs

Click on image below to access archive of FAOA Journals.

The FAOA Journal is now completely online.  All FAOA members receive lifetime premium access to the journal.  The link to sign up for the premium version of the journal is in the confirmation email when you join  A credit card is required when signing up for the journal online, but members will not be charged.

Members may also view archived issues, from when we were publishing a printed journal.


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Distinguished FAOA Speaker Program

The FAO Association would like to thank some of our most recent speakers from left to right:  Ms. Heidi Grant, Director of the Defense Technology Security Administration (DTSA); United States Army Lieutenant General Charles Hooper, Director of the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA); and Mr. Michael Miller, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Regional Security and Arms Transfers (PM/RSAT).


** Full list of FAO Association guest speakers

Becoming a FAO Association Member Includes Premium Benefits

  1. Receipt of the quarterly FAOA Journal "International Affairs". 
  2. Members-only access area for special FAOA content and  access to the membership database
  3. On-line access to All Issues of International Affairs Journals
  4. On-line access to job postings
  5. Members can review and update their own contact information
  6. Members can choose what information is visible to the general membership 
  7. Secure site to protect membership information - access for members only! 
  8. Searchable membership database 
  9. Members can email other members (anonymous To: address protects members) 
  10. Automatic email renewal reminders when your membership is expiring
  11. Automatic email event announcements and Member discounts for FAOA luncheons and annual formal dinner
Learn more about a FAOA Membership and please take an opportunity to visit the sponsor page here.

NDU Call for Volunteers

The International Student Management Office of the National Defense University, located on historic Fort McNair, is looking for potential volunteers amongst the DC community to participate in the NDU Community Sponsorship Program.  Annually, over 100 Senior Officers from over 50 different countries attend the National Defense University to obtain their Master's Degree from the National War College, the Eisenhower School, and the Center for International Security Affairs. Throughout the academic year, International Fellows will learn about American government institutional, political processes and economic systems. They will also learn about American society and culture, our neighborhoods and families via the International Fellows' Community Sponsorship Program. Officers attending NDU will arrive on 1 July.

For over 30 years the Sponsorship Program has been helping foreign military officers adjust to and enjoy their time in the United States. Being a sponsor is not designed to be an interruption of but rather an integration into your normal schedule; you are not expected to set up special functions for your international guest but rather include to officer in those things that you and your family do ordinarily. Being a sponsor is not a monetary commitment, you are not providing the officer with financial support or housing, but instead provide cultural support and friendship. Sponsors are also invited to certain events hosted at NDU throughout the year.                       

Those who decide to participate in the Sponsorship Program play an invaluable role for the International Fellows, sharing first hand their knowledge of American culture-and in return- making new friends and learning new things about the world we live in. This is truly a special opportunity to participate in a vital American foreign policy initiative.

If you would like to learn more about this opportunity, please feel free to contact Laura Garvie at or 202-685-0594. For more insight into the role of a sponsor please check out the program's website at


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