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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.

Check out our site and please click here if you would like to join!

The recently signed National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for FY22 includes a 60-day Congressional mandate for the Secretary of Defense to enter into an agreement with a federally funded research and development center (FFRDC) to conduct an independent assessment and review of FAO programs. 

FAO Pentagon Heritage Exhibit

In 2022, the FAO Association would like to highlight the global accomplishments and FAO-related event announcements on our Pentagon exhibit.  If you have appropriate (cleared) photos, videos, or event language you would like to share in the public display or video wall, please send to:  faoaheritage@gmail.com

Click here for more details about the FAOA Pentagon display.

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 Journal of International Affairs

Click on image below to access archive of FAOA Journals.

The FAOA Journal is now completely online

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.

FAOA 25th Anniversary

Asking for your support!


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.
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