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.



Great Power Competition in the Transatlantic

The FAO Association is proud to partner with CEO and Cipher Brief Publisher Suzanne Kelly to host a Panel of experts to discuss dynamics and future of a GPC Foreign Area Officer.

The Forum includes a "Scowcroft Perspective" provided by Barry Pavel, Senior Vice President and Director of Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security at the Atlantic Council.


Other distinguished Panel guests include:

    As we get closer to June 10, we will release the video call-in details on our FAOA LinkedIn page and will also be distributed to our email FAOA membership list.

    Please click on image above to submit advance questions for the Forum, including Q&A.

    The Cipher Brief is also offering a special discount for FAO members.  Click on information below for more details.  You will need member codes for both organizations.

    What is the Great Power Competition?

    It has been one year since the Congressional Research Service (CRS) published a report on Intelligence, Reconnaissance, and Surveillance Design for Great Power Competition (GPC) that questions America’s military prowess and standing in areas where traditionally the United States and allies have been the leader – both economically and for security in Europe. 

    A renewed GPC report was released in March 2021 with the focus on post-Cold War era of international relations—which began in the early 1990s, oftentimes referred to as the unipolar moment (with the United States as the unipolar power)— this moment showed initial signs of fading in 2006-2008, and by 2014 had given way to a fundamentally different situation of renewed GPC with China and Russia and challenges by these two countries and others to elements of the US -led international order that has operated since World War II. 

    The renewal of GPC competition profoundly changed the conversation about US defense issues from what it was during the post-Cold War era: Counterterrorist operations and US military operations in the Middle East—which were moved to the center of discussions of US defense issues following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and which continue to be conducted—are now a less-dominant element in the conversation.

    For more background, please click on image above and each CRS report below:


    Urgent: Replacing the Inherited US National Defence ‘Strategy’

    Gregory D Foster | RUSI Commentary13 May 2021

    Korea Chapter

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

    Please view a copy of the Korea Chapter's latest Journal

    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!

    The Foreign Area Officer Association was pleased to host General (Ret., USA) Dave Petraeus and Lieutenant General (Ret. USA) Patrick Hughes over the past few months.  Please check back on our website for future distinguished guests.  Click here for a full list of VIP speakers over the years. 

    Partner and Chairman of the KRR Global Institute

    LTG (Ret., USA) Patrick M. Hughes

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    Special Thank you for...

    LTG (Ret., USA) Robert Ashley in support of the FAOA's 25th Anniversary Celebration!

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    LTG (Ret., USA) Robert P. Ashley

    Career Opportunities

    Several allied, international organizations have current openings that could benefit greatly from FAO experience and talent!

    Consider applying today!


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    Launching the FAOA Store

    Check out the new FAOA Store through  The FAOA store offers a large selection of pay-as-you-go FAOA branded items and memorabilia. 



    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...


    FAO Pentagon Exhibit

    Click here for more details.

    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.

    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, former Director of the Defense Technology Security Administration (DTSA) and current Director of the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) ; United States Army Lieutenant General Charles Hooper, former Director of 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. Subscription to the on-line 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 past issues of the FAOA Journal of International Affairs
    4. Member discounts to all FAOA live events
    5. On-line access to create or view job postings
    6. Members can review and update their own contact information
    7. Members can choose what information is visible to the general membership 
    8. Secure site to protect membership information - access for members only! 
    9. Searchable membership database 
    10. Members can email other members (anonymous To: address protects members) 
    11. Automatic email renewal reminders when your membership is expiring
    12. 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

    NDU Foreign Student Sponsors Needed:  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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