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International Affairs Branch (PLU)

Headquarters Marine Corps

Plans, Policies & Operations (PP&O)
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CAM RANH BAY, VIETNAM - Major Chin, a Vietnam FAO, serves as the US Embassy's coordinator for Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta's visit to Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam. Panetta was in Singapore to attend the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) 11th Asia Security Summit, which is being attended by defence officials from around the world.
CAM RANH BAY, VIETNAM - Major Chin, a Vietnam FAO, serves as the US Embassy's coordinator for Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta's visit to Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam. Panetta was in Singapore to attend the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) 11th Asia Security Summit, which is being attended by defence officials from around the world.
Nizwa, Oman
Nizwa, Oman
Capt Fretwell participated in Exercise Keris Strike in Melaka, Malaysia. It was a Combined Malaysia and U.S. Peace Support Operations Exercise.
Capt Fretwell participated in Exercise Keris Strike in Melaka, Malaysia. It was a Combined Malaysia and U.S. Peace Support Operations Exercise.
On any given evening you'll find several hundred young Senegalese men PT'ing in formation on a 100 meter stretch of beach.
On any given evening you'll find several hundred young Senegalese men PT'ing in formation on a 100 meter stretch of beach.
Marine FAO LtCol Madden boards a French C-160 w/French and Senegalese troops
Marine FAO LtCol Madden boards a French C-160 w/French and Senegalese troops
Aswan, Egypt on 24 June 2012 after the Egyptian elections commission officially announced Mohamed Morsi as the country's democratically elected president. The energy and emotion of Tahrir Square that started the January 2011 revolution extended all the way down to the southern portion of the country. Seen here, a kid climbs atop a statue in the city's town center waving the Egyptian flag. Egyptians of all ages united in celebrating this historical moment in their history. Photo captured by Capt Macak, MENA FAO, on In-Country Training in Egypt.
Aswan, Egypt on 24 June 2012 after the Egyptian elections commission officially announced Mohamed Morsi as the country's democratically elected president. The energy and emotion of Tahrir Square that started the January 2011 revolution extended all the way down to the southern portion of the country. Seen here, a kid climbs atop a statue in the city's town center waving the Egyptian flag. Egyptians of all ages united in celebrating this historical moment in their history. Photo captured by Capt Macak, MENA FAO, on In-Country Training in Egypt.
Marine FAO LtCol Carroll teaching Afghan students in Now Zad
Marine FAO LtCol Carroll teaching Afghan students in Now Zad
LtCol Carroll with Afghan children while on ICT
LtCol Carroll with Afghan children while on ICT
Capt Macak, MENA FAO, beside St. Michael's Coptic Cathedral in Aswan, Egypt. St. Michael's is the country's second largest cathedral for the country's largest religious minority. Developing an in-depth understanding of the social, religious, and historical perspectives of the human terrain is one of the goals of FAOs on In-Country Training.
Capt Macak, MENA FAO, beside St. Michael's Coptic Cathedral in Aswan, Egypt. St. Michael's is the country's second largest cathedral for the country's largest religious minority. Developing an in-depth understanding of the social, religious, and historical perspectives of the human terrain is one of the goals of FAOs on In-Country Training.
Photo taken by Col Muller on a hike he went on with Mayor Nawandish, the mayor of Kabul City while in Afghanistan.
Photo taken by Col Muller on a hike he went on with Mayor Nawandish, the mayor of Kabul City while in Afghanistan.
Marine FAO LtCol Carroll in the Nawa Bazaar of Aghanistan
Marine FAO LtCol Carroll in the Nawa Bazaar of Aghanistan
Maj Brown flying over Farah Province in Mar 2009. During an IA deployment with SPMAGTF-A and RCT-3, his FAO background made him a more effective MAGTF officer as LNO to HQ RC-West in Heart as the voice of the USMC on an Italian and Spanish staff in Afghanistan
Maj Brown flying over Farah Province in Mar 2009. During an IA deployment with SPMAGTF-A and RCT-3, his FAO background made him a more effective MAGTF officer as LNO to HQ RC-West in Heart as the voice of the USMC on an Italian and Spanish staff in Afghanistan
Aswan, Egypt on 24 June 2012 after the Egyptian elections commission officially announced Mohamed Morsi as the country's democratically elected president. The energy and emotion of Tahrir Square that started the January 2011 revolution extended all the way down to the southern portion of the country. Seen here, a kid climbs atop a statue in the city's town center waving the Egyptian flag. Egyptians of all ages united in celebrating this historical moment in their history. Photo captured by Capt Macak, MENA FAO, on In-Country Training in Egypt.
Aswan, Egypt on 24 June 2012 after the Egyptian elections commission officially announced Mohamed Morsi as the country's democratically elected president. The energy and emotion of Tahrir Square that started the January 2011 revolution extended all the way down to the southern portion of the country. Seen here, a kid climbs atop a statue in the city's town center waving the Egyptian flag. Egyptians of all ages united in celebrating this historical moment in their history. Photo captured by Capt Macak, MENA FAO, on In-Country Training in Egypt.
The winning moment in a Senegalese boat race captured by Marine FAO, LtCol Madden
The winning moment in a Senegalese boat race captured by Marine FAO, LtCol Madden
Senegalese Park Rangers in the Niokolo Koba National Park. Poachers are heavily armed and have killed park rangers in the past.
Senegalese Park Rangers in the Niokolo Koba National Park. Poachers are heavily armed and have killed park rangers in the past.
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(Tangye, AFGHANISTAN) - Maj Jackson , a South Asia FAO and governance and development advisor, speaks with a general store owner and his workers. For the first time since 2006, businesses began returning to the Tangye Bazaar after coalition forces cleared the area of insurgents and brought security to the Kajaki district center.
(Tangye, AFGHANISTAN) - Maj Jackson , a South Asia FAO and governance and development advisor, speaks with a general store owner and his workers. For the first time since 2006, businesses began returning to the Tangye Bazaar after coalition forces cleared the area of insurgents and brought security to the Kajaki district center.
FY12 group of FAO/RAO study track Marines complete the Joint FAO Basic Course in Monterey, and come together as a peer group
FY12 group of FAO/RAO study track Marines complete the Joint FAO Basic Course in Monterey, and come together as a peer group
Maj Voyne, China FAO, attends Cameroon War College function in Beijing in place of SDO/DATT, BGen Stillwell, USAF. Senior African officials were deeply impressed with multi-lingual USMC officers.
Maj Voyne, China FAO, attends Cameroon War College function in Beijing in place of SDO/DATT, BGen Stillwell, USAF. Senior African officials were deeply impressed with multi-lingual USMC officers.
Marine FAO, Major Carpenter, presents a commemorative plaque to Admiral Soeparno, Chief of Staff of the Indonesian Navy, during the graduation ceremony for the Indonesia's Naval Command and Staff College, Class of 2011. Major Carpenter is the first U.S. Marine officer to attend the course, and graduated as the Number One foreign officer in his year group.
Marine FAO, Major Carpenter, presents a commemorative plaque to Admiral Soeparno, Chief of Staff of the Indonesian Navy, during the graduation ceremony for the Indonesia's Naval Command and Staff College, Class of 2011. Major Carpenter is the first U.S. Marine officer to attend the course, and graduated as the Number One foreign officer in his year group.
BRAZIL - Maj Bakion, an ET LATAM FAO, in the field with the Brazilian Marines and British Royal Marines
BRAZIL - Maj Bakion, an ET LATAM FAO, in the field with the Brazilian Marines and British Royal Marines
BRAZIL - Maj Bakion, an ET LATAM FAO, meeting a new Braziliam Commander
BRAZIL - Maj Bakion, an ET LATAM FAO, meeting a new Braziliam Commander
FY12 study track FAO/RAO group at the end of the Joint FAO Basic Course in Monterey, 11-15 June, 2012. This marks the beginning of their training as Foreign Area Officers and Regional Affairs Officers. Joining the group was MSgt Godoy, one of six reserve enlisted Foreign Area SNCOs (FAS)
FY12 study track FAO/RAO group at the end of the Joint FAO Basic Course in Monterey, 11-15 June, 2012. This marks the beginning of their training as Foreign Area Officers and Regional Affairs Officers. Joining the group was MSgt Godoy, one of six reserve enlisted Foreign Area SNCOs (FAS)
Maj Coleman with a cohort of International Officers from her Japanese Command & Staff College class, standing at the Japanese Southern Defense Force Communication School; the site where Commodore Perry landed in 1853, "opening up" Japan to the outside world.
Maj Coleman with a cohort of International Officers from her Japanese Command & Staff College class, standing at the Japanese Southern Defense Force Communication School; the site where Commodore Perry landed in 1853, "opening up" Japan to the outside world.
Maj McCormack, a Lat Am FAO conducting a utilization tour in Colombia, visits a riverine post and presents USMC shirts and hats to the winners of a PT competition
Maj McCormack, a Lat Am FAO conducting a utilization tour in Colombia, visits a riverine post and presents USMC shirts and hats to the winners of a PT competition

International Affairs Branch (PLU)
Mission Statement:

Develop policy, manage programs, and support the Commandant of the Marine Corps, Deputy Commandant for Plans, Policies and Operations, and the Director of Strategy and Plans on matters relating to politico-military matters and international affairs, security cooperation, foreign disclosure and technology transfer in order to develop positive political-military relationships and build partner capacity with foreign partners.


points of contact
Contact     Commercial      E-Mail Address    
Branch Head     (703) 692-4254        
Deputy Branch Head     (703) 693-1365        
CentCom Desk Officer     (703) 692-4345          
Asia/PaCom Desk Officer     (703) 692-4346             
Security Cooperation Policy AO     (703) 692-4341             
International Affairs Programs Coordinator     (703) 604-4664 or 604-0030      Benjamin.pipes@usmc.mil      
SouthCom/NorthCom Desk Officer     (703) 692-4344            
Eastern Europe/AfricaCom/Israel Desk Officer     (703) 692-4368            
Foreign Disclosure/Technology Trans     (703) 692-4342 or 693-1364            
Program Analyst for Security Assistance Fiscal     (703) 692-4338 or 692-4340            
Budget Analyst     (703) 692-4343            
EUCOM/Western Europe Desk Officer     (703) 692-4367            
South Asia Desk Officer     (703) 614-0322            
Program Analyst     (703) 692-4339            
Security Cooperation Analyst      (703) 692-4375 or 693-9766            
AFPAK Hands Program Manager      (703) 614-3287            


 

 
 
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