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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.
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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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The FAOA Major General Lansdale International Affairs Outstanding Research Award was presented on May 28, 2014.
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NMIA/FAOA Symposium Briefings 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
Thinking Differently: Unlocking the Human Domain in Support of the 21st Century Intelligence Mission
by Robert R. Greene Sands
Building Partnership Capacity through Foreign Military Advising: the Ground and Air Perspectives
Under Secretary of the Air Force for International Affairs, Ms. Heidi Grant, SAF/IA speaks at FAO Association Luncheon.
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
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
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.
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.
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