Defense Attaché Office
The Defense Attaché Office (DAO) represents the Department of Defense (DOD) overseas and is primarily responsible for the representational duties designed to foster positive relations between the U.S. military and the Ivoirian defense/security establishment. The DAO provides political-military advice to the Ambassador and supports military to military contact, training and representation programs.
The Defense Attaché (DATT) represents the Secretary of Defense, the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Secretaries of the military departments, Chiefs of the military services, and unified commanders. The DATT is also responsible for the coordination of administrative and security matters for all in-country DOD noncombatant command elements. In addition, the DATT is the senior U.S. military officer in-country and is designated as the U.S. Defense Representative (USDR).
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