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Back Issues of PDAA Today

Back issues of PDAA Today, PDAA’s quarterly print newsletter are now online and available for download.

PDAA Program Years Gets Off to a Start with Focus on DOD-State Cooperation in PD

LTC Greg Tomlin (at podium) and LTC Scott Howell (left) and retired FSO Don Bishop spoke at the September 24 luncheon discussion at DACOR Bacon House on DOD and State Department collaboration in strategic communication. (Alan Kotok)

PDAA’s program year got started on September 24 with a program that focused on DOD and State Department collaboration in the information domain. Retired FSO Don Bishop started the session, followed by LTC Scott Howell and LTC […]

DOD and Strategic Communication focus of September Discussion

The US Embassy in Colombo sponsored a workshop for the Sri Lankan military in September 2017. It focused on “structure and purposes of psychological operations, information management, process of psychological operations, target audience analysis, recognition of propaganda and review,” according to a Sri Lankan military website. It was presented by USPACOM.

(Updated 9/12/18) A third speaker has been added to the lineup for the September 24 program. LTC Scott Howell from the Joint Staff […]

Marine Corps Univ. Seeking Strategic Communications Faculty

(Defense.gov)

(2 February 2016). Marine Corps University in Quantico, Virginia is seeking an individual for its strategic communications faculty, with areas of interest including public diplomacy. The position, funded by the Marine Corps University Foundation, is the Donald Bren Chair of Strategic Communications, for the 2016-17 academic year.

The chair provides the Marine Corps University a resident scholar with expertise in the theory and practice of strategic communications. Functional areas of interest include public […]

National Defense Language Corps

January 12, 2013

Here’s an opportunity for public diplomacy alumni to make good use of their language and cultural skills: the National Defense Language Corps, a new Department of Defense initiative.

American Forces Press Service highlights the National Defense Language Corps, a new Department of Defense initiative where public diplomacy alumni can offer their language and cultural skills. The 4,000-member National Defense Language Corps consists of volunteers who offer their second-language skills and cultural knowledge […]

NPR’s Tom Gjelten Discusses Post-Election Foreign Policy at November 13 PDAA Event

Tom Gjelten (A. Kotok)

Tom Gjelten, who covers global security and economic issues for National Public Radio, offered his take on the direction of U.S. national security policies in the wake of the 2012 election. Mr. Gjelten discussed these developments at the Public Diplomacy Alumni Association luncheon program on Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at the DACOR-Bacon House in Washington, D.C. Gjelten reviewed changes anticipated from the continuing Obama administration, in policies toward the Middle […]

Gaining Afghanistan’s Trust — Public Diplomacy and Special Forces Approaches, at the September 25 PDAA Lunch Program

Matt Lussenhop (A. Kotok)

Matt Lussenhop, former Public Affairs Officer in Kabul, and Major Fernando Lujan, U.S. Army Special Forces and former advisor embedded with Afghan forces in Kandahar and Helmand provinces, discussed their respective approaches to building trust among Afghans in a special luncheon program to kick off the 2012-2013 season, on Tuesday, September 25 at the DACOR-Bacon House in Washington, D.C.

As the U.S. plans to end combat operations in Afghanistan, both […]