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

Jeffrey S. Hoffmann, USAFR (Ret.) and Civilian, China/Europe-Russia/Middle East FAO 

Retired War College military reservist with over 20 years of work experience in the federal government, starting in the United States Senate and Congressional Affairs for the Office of the Secretary of Defense in the late 90’s – intelligence, security cooperation/foreign liaison, and political military affairs FAO-focused assignments.  Mr. Hoffmann served 7 years as a GG-14 Intel Officer, including Foreign Materiel Acquisition – managed Ops in Europe, the Pacific, and Middle East, one mission led to first-time reporting in the President’s Daily Brief and he was former Working Group Vice Chair for the Defense Intelligence Agency VISION 2020 that stood-up the integrated intelligence centers.  Jeff has been employed with Booz Allen Hamilton since February 2015.  In 2017, he received the ODNI Director’s National Intelligence Professional Award for improving mission analytics and collection tradecraft.  Jeff recently returned to Virginia in October 2021, following assignment that helped developed cyber threat intelligence capabilities for the U.S. European Command - J2X in the United Kingdom (UK).  Alongside FAO Cyber work in the UK, over the past two years, Jeff completed research on emerging technologies with the University of Oxford Saïd Business School and Kings College London Department of War Studies - research was supported by FAOA Forum in Europe titled, "Preparing FAOs for the Great Power Competition in the Transatlantic."  The research complements past graduate level education from George Mason University in 2007 where he was also a Senior Research Associate for the Political Instability Task Force (Somalia).  Mr. Hoffmann remains active with several other organizations like the Atlantic Council, the Cipher Brief (new FAOA Partner), AFCEA International, and former member of the UN Association/National Capital Area Board of Directors, including past co-Chair of their Peace & Security Committee.

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.

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.

Ex Officio Board Members

Michael Ferguson, Colonel, USA (ret.), President Emeritus

Service FAO Proponents Members

Army:  COL Eric Larson

Navy:  CDR David Wilcox

Air Force:  COL Daniel Grillone

Marines:  LTC Alexandra Nielse

FAOA Committee Chairpersons

Journal Content Editor and Chairman of the Editorial Board:  John Haseman

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.)

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