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Foreign Area Officer Course

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Foreign Area Officer Department

The Foreign Area Officer Department is responsible for the conduct of the Foreign Area Officer Course. This course is designed to provide a general background which will be useful in various training programs and FAO assignments. it teaches the officers research and analysis techniques and provides knowledge of United States foreign policy.

The course is one of the four essential training phases of the Foreign Area Officer program, the other three being language training, a graduate degree and in-country training. The course also serves as the quality control mechanism within the specialty as well as being recognized as "the school house" by FAOs worldwide, linking them with a single common denominator.

Approximately halfway through the course, the FAO class travels to Washington, D.C., for its interdepartmental agency field trip. The purpose of the trip is to enable the FAOs to meet in conference with top military and civilian officials from Washington-based agencies and staff activities which are part of the FAOs area of operations. The trip's activities include briefings at the Central Intelligence Agency, the State Department, the Pentagon, selected embassies, and on Capitol Hill.

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