security assistance organization


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security assistance organization

All Department of Defense elements located in a foreign country with assigned responsibilities for carrying out security assistance management functions. It includes military assistance advisory groups, military missions and groups, offices of defense and military cooperation, liaison groups, and defense attache personnel designated to perform security assistance functions. Also called SAO. See also security assistance; security cooperation.
Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms. US Department of Defense 2005.
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military organizations from obtaining the necessary policy approvals for proposed exchanges from the COCOM, Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), or the Department of State (it may in fact increase these requirements.) Moreover, these approaches will all require close coordination among organizations and people who may not be used to working together, e.g., case managers at MILDEP security assistance organizations and program managers at operational headquarters.
The Security Assistance Council (SAC), comprised of the leaders from each of the DoN and USCG Security Assistance organizations, provides high-level review and monitoring.
DSCA utilizes security assistance organizations (SAOs) in over 105 countries around the world to help accomplish this mission.
After reviewing many security assistance organization (SAO) engagement plans in the course of conducting joint general inspections, I have found there is no consistent approach to the practice of developing them.
By employing the latter, a country can work as a team with the security assistance organization in managing the country's training program.
"DISAM Supports Security Assistance Organization's Automation Needs," (DISAM Journal, Winter 1999-2000, Vol-22/N4, p.85-88) discussed support DISAM provided in meeting SAO/ODC computer requirements.
There is a guide that provides points of contact information for Security Assistance Organizations (SAOs) (e.g.
described their security assistance organizations within each MILDEP.
I was confronted with unknown acronyms, and a "puzzle" of security assistance organizations. Daily I received phone calls from people who claimed they were Slovenia's desk officers.

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