Kurt Marisa, COL, USAF (Ret.), European RAS FAO
Colonel Marisa retired from active duty in July 2012. His final assignment was as a Deputy Director in the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence. Colonel Marisa was a career intelligence officer who became an Air Force European FAO and Regional Affairs Strategist (RAS) in 1998. He served as Military Attaché to Saudi Arabia, Air Attaché to the Kingdom of Denmark and Greenland, and Defense Attaché to Suriname. He has also had military assignments in Germany and Korea and deployments to Saudi Arabia and South America. Colonel Marisa has an M.S. in International Studies from the Institute of Social Studies (ISS) in The Hague, Netherlands, and an M.S. in Strategic Intelligence from the National Intelligence University (formerly JMIC). He is a graduate of the Air War College, from which he wrote and published his course paper on the integration of Attaché and Security Assistance programs, contributing at the SECDEF level to the current DoD Senior Defense Officer (SDO)/DATT program. Colonel Marisa has served on the FAOA Board of Governors since 2004, as Vice President from October 2009 to May 2011, and as President from May 2011 to the present. Kurt resides in the National Capital Area and is the President of Human Domain Solutions, a partner in The Intelligence Community LLC, and a strategic consultant.
Daniel P. Brownlee, COL, USA (Ret.), Middle East FAO
Dan Brownlee was recently elected to the FAOA BOG and selected as vice president. He served for over 29 years as a Special Forces and Middle East Foreign Area Officer and retired as a colonel in 2002. His Special Forces assignments include the 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) in Germany and service at all echelons through command of the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. FAO assignments include security cooperation positions in OMC, Cairo, MAP Jordan and the as co-commander of the joint and combined Military Coordination Center (Operation Provide Comfort), Zakho, Iraq. Other assignments include the 82nd Airborne and 24th Mechanized Infantry Divisions, Chief, Special Operations Division, Joint Readiness Training Center (JRTC) and Senior Service College Fellow at the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University. Upon retirement from the Army he served in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia as the Program Coordinator and Chief of Staff for the Northrop Grumman Foreign Military Sales contract in support of the Saudi Arabian National Guard Modernization Program. In 2004 he accepted the position as regional marketing and business development manager for the Raytheon Company based in Cairo, Egypt responsible for North Africa and the Levant. In 2009 he joined the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Policy as the Policy Representative to United States Africa Command, Stuttgart, Germany. Subsequent Policy assignments included Africa Policy, Partnership and Stability Operations, Ministerial Advisor- Afghanistan and Counternarcotics and Global Threats. His last previous and likely last compensated position was as a consultant to the UAE Ministry of Defense, 2017-2018. He is semi-retired living in Yorktown, Virginia
TREASURER and CHAIR, FAO HERITAGE PENTAGON EXHIBIT
Jeffrey S. Hoffmann, USAFR (Ret.), China/Russia/Middle East FAO
Jeff maintains his NATO/international affairs certification from the National Defense College, Defense Institute of Security Assistance Management, and Defense Acquisition University. Mr. Hoffmann is an Executive Management Consultant for Booz Allen Hamilton. He received his masters of International Commerce and Policy from George Mason University (GMU) where he also studied abroad in the People’s Republic of China, the Russian Federation, and the Republic of Turkey. He just recently completed the Cyber and Corporate Statecraft Certificate program at The Institute of World Politics, which included a Sabbatical with the University of Oxford Global Cyber Security Capacity Centre in 2016. Mr. Hoffmann has worked for national defense since 1997 beginning as a Legislative Defense Director's aide in the U.S. Senate and Congressional Affairs for the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology & Logistics - this experience included work on the National Defense Panel and the Strom Thurmond National Defense Authorization Act for 1999. Since 1997, he has worked two primary FAO pillars in civilian capacity beginning for the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Defense Exports and Cooperation (DASA DE&C). Following the Army, he was a senior analyst for the Chief of Naval Operations Senior National Representative (SNR) and Secretary of Navy International Programs Office. He was also an International Logistics Manager in the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program, U.S. Air Force from 2008-2015 where he managed multiple missions in the Pacific and the Middle East in support of DoD's Foreign Materiel Program, and Senior Research Associate for the Political Instability Task Force. Mr. Hoffmann remains active with several other organizations like the Atlantic Council, sits on the UN Association/National Capital Area Board of Directors as former co-Chair of their Peace & Security Committee, and is an Advisory Board Member for Cyber Intelligent Partners. Mr. Hoffmann retired as an Air War College graduate after first joining the military reserve forces in 1992.
EDITOR IN CHIEF, FAOA Journal of International Affairs
Graham Plaster, LCDR, USNR, Middle East FAO
Graham has served on the FAOA Board of Governors since 2010 in various roles including Webmaster, Secretary, Treasurer, and currently as Journal Editor in Chief. Graham’s last active duty FAO assignment was as a Liaison Officer supporting US military deployed to UN Peacekeeping missions in Israel, Jordan, Egypt, and Iraq. He previously served as a Surface Warfare Officer aboard the USS Reuben James (FFG 57) out of Pearl Harbor, deploying in support of OIF and OEF. He also served as Assistant Dean of Students at the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. After selection as a Naval Foreign Area Officer, he studied Arabic at DLI and while in Monterey, he became webmaster for the Foreign Area Officer Association of Monterey. He is co-author and co-editor of the book, "In the Shadow of Greatness" which was on the Navy's official reading list and praised by Tom Brokaw as a "must read for all Americans". Graham is currently the Senior Policy Adviser for Culture Training as a defense contractor with the Defense Language and National Security Education Office (DLNSEO) and is also the CEO of The Intelligence Community Inc., a social network of more than 100,000 defense and intelligence professionals. Graham resides in the National Capital Area.
Mark Chakwin, COL, USA (Ret.), China FAO
Mark was appointed to the FAO Association Board in 2014 to fill an unexpected vacancy and now serves a full elected term. He coordinates with the U.S. Army FAO Chair at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) and with the U.S. Army FAO Program Director at Defense Language Institute (DLI) and serves as a mentor to incoming officers attending DLI and NPS. His final assignment was as the U.S. Army FAO Chair and Senior Military Representative to NPS, Monterey California. In addition to mentoring new FAOs from all services, preparing and teaching graduate program classes, and advising the School’s President on Army-related issues, he worked with to design, setup, manage, and then serve as senior advisor to, the Joint Senior FAO Program. Mark served as the Defense and Army Attaché and the Security Assistance Officer, U.S. Embassy Hanoi, Vietnam. Earlier, he was the Chief, Asia Branch at JCS Directorate for Intelligence, and he also served as the Asia-Pacific Team Chief on the G2 army staff at the Pentagon. Colonel Chakwin was also Assistant Professor at the National Defense Intelligence College, and a guest lecturer to several U.S. Army War College classes. Mark resides in Monterey, CA.
CONTENT EDITOR OF THE FAO ASSOCIATION JOURNAL
John Haseman, COL, USA (Ret.), Southeast Asia FAO
Colonel Haseman is a member of the DIA Defense Attaché System Hall of Fame. He was commissioned in the Military Intelligence Branch from ROTC in 1963. He entered the Army FAO program in 1974, shortly after it was established, and from 1974 through his retirement in January 1995 he “single tracked” as a FAO. His assignments included Commander Udorn Field Office, 500th MI Group, Udornthani, Thailand (1974-75); Army Division Chief, US Defense Liaison Group Jakarta, Indonesia (1978-1981); Assistant Army Attaché to Indonesia (1982-1985); Senior Analyst for Southeast Asia, ACSI, Army HQ (1985-1986); Defense and Army Attaché, Rangoon, Burma (1987-1990); and Defense and Army Attaché, Jakarta, Indonesia (1990-1994). He served 2 ½ years in combat in Vietnam, with the 9th Infantry Division (1967-1968) and as a district-level advisor in the Mekong Delta, during which he was one of the few MI Branch officers to be awarded the Combat Infantryman Badge (1971-1973). He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science, University of Missouri; a Master of Public Administration Degree, University of Kansas; and Master of Military Art and Science, US Army Command and General Staff College, and he is a 1985 graduate of the US Army War College. Colonel Haseman is author or co-author of four books and numerous book chapters dealing with Thailand and Indonesia; more than 250 of his news and analytical articles on Southeast Asia political-military subjects have been published in journals in the US, Europe, Asia, and Australia. He is near-fluent in the Indonesian language and also speaks Thai and Burmese. Colonel Haseman has been a member of the FAO Association Board of Governors since 2009. He resides in Colorado.
Michael Ferguson, Colonel, USA (ret.), President Emeritus
Army: COL Eric Larson
Navy: CDR David Wilcox
Air Force: COL Daniel Grillone
Marines: LTC Alexandra Nielse
Events Chairman: Jonathon Dunn
Events Committee and Chairman of the Journal Book Review Group: Ivan Raiklin, MAJ, USA
Awards and Scholarships Co-Chairpersons: Kurt Marisa, John Krause, JB Shelton
Membership and Sponsorship Co-Chairmen: Kurt Marisa, John Krause, and Gene McConville
Chapters and Outreach Co-Chairmen: Kurt Marisa
FAOA Website Group Chairman: Graham Plaster
FAOA Webmaster: Craig Byrnes
FAOA Heritage Display and Hall of Fame Co-Chairmen: Jeff Hoffmann and JB Shelton
FAOA Historian: Jeff Hoffmann
FAOA rep to the Monterey “FAO Foundry” (DLI and NPS): Mark Chakwin, COL, USA (ret.)