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.
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The recently signed National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for FY22 includes a 60-day Congressional mandate for the Secretary of Defense to enter into an agreement with a federally funded research and development center (FFRDC) to conduct an independent assessment and review of FAO programs.
FAO Pentagon Heritage Exhibit
In 2022, the FAO Association would like to highlight the global accomplishments and FAO-related event announcements on our Pentagon exhibit. If you have appropriate (cleared) photos, videos, or event language you would like to share in the public display or video wall, please send to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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FAOA 25th Anniversary
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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 Journal of International Affairs
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Writing Awards Program
The FAO Association Academic Writing Awards Program began in 2012 and provides research and writing awards on topics of defense international affairs and intelligence at all of the U.S. military War Colleges and Command and Staff Colleges, as well as several of the National educational institutes, including National War College, the Eisenhower School, Joint Forces Staff College, National Intelligence University, and Naval Post-graduate School.