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GCSC Command briefing for FAOA
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Airman receives International Affairs Excellence Award
By Airman 1st Class Zachary Vucic, Air Force News Service / Published September 16, 2013

CSAF reading list titles available through online Air Force library
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


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.

Event Presentation Area

Current Civil Affairs Roundtable Briefings:

2014-1 CART AfP Military Support to Governance Handout.
2014-1 CART CCO FuncSpec Brief.
2014-1 CART Hughes 7 Pillars.
2014-1 CART IMSG Brief.
2014-1 CART UN SSR Brief.
Spring 2014 CART Agenda 19 Mar 14.

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 .   

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IAAFA Newsletter

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.

The LREC Triad for Joint FAO Education & Training b
y LCDR Jim McMullin, U.S. Navy

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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.

Considering FAOA Membership? Here are the 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 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 announcementsMember discounts for FAOA luncheons and annual formal dinner

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.

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

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.


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!

Thanks to all FAO Association Corporate and Educational Members/Sponsors! Visit the sponsor page here for more information. . . 
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