Upcoming FAO Events


Gaza in Arizona: The secret militarization of the U.S.-Mexico border

This piece originally appeared on TomDispatch. It was October 2012. Roei Elkabetz, a brigadier general for the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), was explaining his country’s border policing strategies. In his PowerPoint presentation, a photo of the enclosure…Read More

Next defense secretary to face daunting challenges

Obama decreed that America's combat mission in Afghanistan is over, but there are more than 10,500 U.S. troops on the ground and many are still conducing counterterrorism operations against the Taliban and other insurgents. American and coalition forces. . . Read More

US Army open sources security code to fight cyber attacks

The US Army recently posted a security code to GitHub with a goal of open-sourcing it to better understand when they come under cyber-attack. Called Dshell, the code has been used for the past five years to analyze attacks on Department of Defense networks.  Read More

Featured Event

Joint Reception for JMAS Students, Foreign Service Officers, and FAOA Members


Thursday 26 February 1700


DACOR Bacon House, 1801 F Street, NW Washington DC
Nearest Metro – Farragut West


Military – Either Service Dress, or Business Attire
Civilian – Business Attire


$25 for FAOA Members
** Note – this event is open to full FAOA Members only

Join FAOA here to attend

We are pleased to announce the next FAO Association event.  FAOA will jointly host a reception with DACOR (Diplomats and Consular Officers Retired) for JMAS students and former attaches / security assistance officers at the DACOR Bacon House on Thursday, February 26 beginning at 1700.  Speakers include the DIA Deputy Director, Mr. Douglas H. Wise and senior members of the Department of State (awaiting confirmation from the Assistant Secretary of State for Intelligence and Research, Mr. Daniel Smith, and from the Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs, Mr. Puneet Talwar).  There are a limited number of slots for FAOA members.

Register Here

Featured Literature

FAOA Distinguished Speaker BG (Ret) Ismael Alsodani Interview

Sponsorship Opportunities

- FAO Network -

FAOWeb and the Joint FAO Program is an online portal that provides distance learning and community networking to Foreign Area Officers worldwide. It maintains skill sustainment and educational resources while building a network of professionals across the Armed Services.

All FAOs may access FAOweb, as well as select civilians, including personnel from USD(I)'s Civilian Foreign Area Specialist (CIVFAS) program, and others as warranted.  Active-duty and reserve FAOs are approved automatically; retired FAOs and other users may request an account by contacting the program office directly or email faowebhelp@nps.edu.

Foreign Area Officer Profile Video

This video is a brief introduction to the critical mission of Foreign Area Officers and to the goals of the Joint FAO Program.

The Joint Foreign Area Officer Program is an advanced education and skill sustainment initiative for FAOs from all services and provides two types of education: distance learning online and in-residence courses. JFP fulfills DoD's mandate to provide resources and opportunities for FAO skill sustainment and professional education.

National Language Service Corps
Recruiting for Language and Regional expertise.  The NLSC is a readily available group of language volunteers who provide supplemental language resources to U.S. federal agencies. A first-of-its-kind government organization, the NLSC offers multilingual speakers the opportunity to volunteer their language skills and be a bridge to their language communities. These assignments are predicated on the needs of U.S. federal agencies and their sudden short-term requirements for language speakers. If you value the opportunity to use your language skills in support of a national need, then we urge you to apply to become an NLSC Member.


DISAM Defense Institute of Security Assistance Management courses available on-line

The Defense Institute of Security Assistance Management provides professional education, research, and support to advance U.S. foreign policy through security assistance and cooperation. DISAM currently offers a variety of online courses and learning guides for the Security Cooperation Community in the areas of Security Assistance, Foreign Military Sales and Exports, and International Military Education and Training (IMET). You can view their online courses at DISAM.

- Selected Newsletters -

The ZGram™ is an electronic newsletter containing news, resources, products, symposia, employment, and business opportunities regarding United States Defense. ZGram is delivered in PDF format on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays to your email address. All source links are active on the day each issue is transmitted.

- ACSC Awards -

The FAOA Major General Lansdale International Affairs Outstanding Research Award was presented on May 28, 2014. 

Click here for ceremony details and pictures

- Sponsorship -
Thinking about doing something great? Become one of our sponsors!

FAO Association is supported by our members and generous sponsors. Please take an opportunity to visit the sponsor page here.

- Thinking about Policy -

The Geopolitical Implications of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership By Charles A. Kupchan

U.S. and European negotiators are hard at work to bring negotiations over the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) to a successful conclusion. The primary motivation behind this effort is to boost economic growth on both sides of the Atlantic. Amid a prolonged economic downturn, U.S. and European policymakers are searching for measures capable of stimulating growth and creating jobs. Structural constraints in Europe and political gridlock in the United States make a free trade agreement one of the more attractive options available for achieving these objectives.

 Read More

- Sponsorship -

Thinking about doing something great?  Become one of our sponsors!

FAO Association is supported by our members and generous sponsors.  Please take an opportunity to visit the sponsor page here.

Become a member today and receive the Journal online or in print!
Visit the sponsor page here for more information. 

- FAO Heritage Pentagon Exhibit -
Click here to view an update


FAO Association 2014 Annual Black Tie Event Featured key note speaker Major General Richard M. "Dick" Lake, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)

Dick Lake serves as the Director of Security for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation - one of the largest private foundations in the world. Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives. The mission of the foundation’s Global Security Team is to consistently deliver a secure working environment for our employees and partners globally so they can realize their full potential and fulfill the foundation’s overall mission. Prior to joining the foundation, Dick served for over 36 years in the U.S. Marine Corps retiring as a Major General with assignments as a general officer at Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps and in joint/interagency assignments in Washington, D.C. Earlier in his career, he served in a variety of command and staff assignments as an infantry, intelligence, and foreign area officer in the U.S., Europe, the Caribbean, Latin America, the Middle East, Southwest Asia, and Africa including training, humanitarian, crisis, contingency, and combat operations. His formal education includes a Bachelor of Arts in Modern Languages from The Citadel, a Master of Arts in Management from Central Michigan University, a Master of Science in Strategic Intelligence from the Defense Intelligence College, and an honorary doctorate in Strategic Intelligence from the National Defense Intelligence College. Dick is a graduate of a variety of professional schools including the Marine Corps Basic School, Infantry Officer Course, Amphibious Intelligence Officer Course, Amphibious Warfare School and Marine Corps Command and Staff College. He also graduated from the Norwegian Army Staff College and the Norwegian Armed Forces Staff College as well as serving as a Commandant of the Marine Corps Fellow at the U.S. Department of State’s Senior Seminar.

FAO Association Distinguished Speaker Luncheon with CIA Director, John Brennan on Thursday, 13 March 2014

Foreign Area Officer Association hosted with CIA Director, John Brennan On 13 March 2014. There were over 200 attendees including US Armed Forces: active duty, reserve, and retired military officers, government and private sector civilians, and foreign partner defense attaché offices. Director Brennan encouraged Foreign Area Officer and its mission at all levels with a focus on tactical and strategic.  

Special thanks to our event Corporate Sponsors:
  • Leidos
  • The Intelligence Community 
  • American Military University
  • Pherson Associates LLC
  • Metis-Solutions
  • Culmen International LLC
  • Peduzzi Associates Limited


Thanks to all FAO Association Corporate and Educational Members/Sponsors!

- FAOA Membership Information - FAOA Membership Benefits include:

  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 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

- Sponsorship -
Thinking about doing something great? Become one of our sponsors!

FAO Association is supported by our members and generous sponsors. Please take an opportunity to visit the sponsor page here.

- Sponsorship -
Thinking about doing something great? Become one of our sponsors!

FAO Association is supported by our members and generous sponsors. Please take an opportunity to visit the sponsor page here. 

NMIA/FAOA Symposium Briefings now Available Online

The annual symposium co-hosted by NMIA and FAOA entitled Foreign Engagement & Global Coverage under the New Defense Strategy: FAOs, Security Cooperation, and the Defense Attaché System was a tremendous success thanks to many volunteers and partners. For those who weren't able to make it this year, we've made the cleared versions of the briefings available releasable briefings . 

By Airman 1st Class Zachary Vucic, Air Force News Service / Published September 16, 2013

by Robert R. Greene Sands

Building Partnership Capacity through Foreign Military Advising:  the Ground and Air Perspectives

The article focuses on the remarks. of Deputy Under Secretary Heidi Grant of U.S. Air Force for International Affairs (SAF/IA) at the Foreign Area Officer (FAO) Association Luncheon held in January 2013 at Fort McNair in Washington, D.C. Ms. Grant discussed the role played by her office in reaching national security objectives via international partnerships worldwide. Ms. Grant offers a tribute to the significance of FAO Regional Affairs Strategist (RAS) community.

by LCDR Jim McMullin, U.S. Navy

- FAOA Writing Awards Program -

Your FAO Association provides awards to papers selected by the faculty of several DoD institutions as most deserving of recognition for scholarship, writing ability, and subject matter for papers and theses related to subjects on international affairs and thus related to the primary interests of FAO Association members. The winning thesis at the Joint Forces Staff College is

Aligning for Hemispheric Defense: Synchronizing NORTHCOM and SOUTHCOM Efforts to Combat Transnational Criminal Organizations

written by a four-person team:

CAPT Bob Allen, United States Navy

CAPT Mary Jackson, United States Navy

COL Janice King, United States Army

CAPT Jorge Palacios, Chilean Navy

Because of space constraints, most winning theses are too long for publication in The FAO Association Journal of International Affairs. In those cases, we publish the entire thesis, with supporting footnotes/endnotes, online. The link to this award-winning thesis is Aligning for Hemispheric Defense.

- Employment Opportunities -

In our members-only section, we list jobs with companies looking for people with the breadth and depth of experience the FAO offers! If you represent a company or consulting firm and would like to post an employment opportunity with our exclusive membership, please contact our webmaster.

What are we missing?  How can the FAO Association help you with your career?
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Thanks to all FAO Association Corporate and Educational Members/Sponsors!
Visit the sponsor page here for more information. . . Not a member yet? Join here!

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