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F O R E I G N S E R V I C E J O U R N A L / F E B R U A R Y 2 0 1 2
work with the embassy on arms sales
and training for Iraqi forces, as well as
to provide maintenance for force pro-
tection equipment such as mine-resis-
tant, ambush-protected vehicles.
Under chief-of-mission authority,
Embassy Baghdad’s Office of Security
Cooperation-Iraq will handle ongoing
efforts to develop Iraqi security forces
through assistance and cooperation ac-
tivities. State’s Bureau of International
Narcotics and Law Enforcement Af-
fairs, along with the Department of
Justice, has taken over responsibility
for the Police Development Program.
Embassy Baghdad as a whole will
continue counterterrorism cooperation
as the primary focus of an information-
sharing mission. It will also take over
all logistics and other functions previ-
ously handled by the military for the
embassy compound, such as air service
and hospitals.
In addition, several consular offices
will replace the 16 Provincial Recon-
struction Teams currently deployed
across the country.
Counting aid programs and military
assistance, the mission is estimated to
cost about $6.2 billion per year. That’s
not much when compared with the
$80 billion per year spent on the war,
but it constitutes more than a quarter
of the State Department’s global oper-
ational budget. Moreover, with the fis-
cal squeeze on in Washington and
dwindling congressional interest in
Iraq, funding may prove to be a real
stumbling block.
Already, State has scaled back
plans for the transition. For instance,
the police training program will be
run out of just three locations, com-
pared to the U.S. military’s program
in all 18 provinces.
Most observers concur that State’s
50 Years Ago...
All of us in the Service have been hearing a lot lately about
the need for broadening the background and experience of the
Foreign Service. We are being urged to know more about weapons systems,
the techniques of decision-making, game theory, probability and science gen-
erally. A Senate subcommittee concluded in February 1961 that the armed
services have done a far better job than other career services in giving senior
officers the kind of training and job experience needed for a broad grasp of na-
tional security problems.
The subcommittee report stated that State’s need for broadened staff com-
petence is perhaps most acute in the area of military and scientific-technical
problems. One might argue that the department is not so deficient in these
areas as some have claimed, but no one will argue that FSOs should not have a
good grasp of military science and technology. …
The institution of the political adviser is now well established. Like any vig-
orous bureaucratic species, it is increasing in numbers and, it is to be hoped,
in effectiveness and influence.
— From “POLAD — A Permanent Institution” by Richard B. Finn, FSJ,
February 1962.
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