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1 I n t e g r i t y - S e r v i c e - E x c e l l e n c e Headquarters U.S. Air Force SAF/IA International Affairs Specialist (IAS) Program 1 Lt Col A.J. Werner Chief, IAS Program September 2012

2 I n t e g r i t y - S e r v i c e - E x c e l l e n c e International Affairs Specialist Program (IAS) Background IAS Program deliberately develops officers with regional expertise, language proficiency and pol-mil skills Created in 2005 to meet DoD Directive; centrally manages Regional Affairs Strategist (RAS)/Pol-Mil Affairs Strategist (PAS) career paths First RAS grads in 2009 Dual-track ramp-up will meet requirements by 2018 Current Status Global requirements currently filled with mix of certified RAS/PAS and best qualified officers Challenges Expectation management over RAS/PAS shortfall during ramp-up Insufficient Advanced Academic Degree (AAD) quotas 2

3 I n t e g r i t y - S e r v i c e - E x c e l l e n c e Building International Airmen: History of IAS 3 Apr 05: DoDD , Military Dept Foreign Area Officer (FAO) Programs Secretaries of Military Departments shall develop commissioned FAO management programs Apr 05: CSAF Sight Picture, Officer Force Development International Affairs Specialists (IAS) Two paths created: Regional Affairs Strategist (RAS) & Political- Military Affairs Strategist (PAS) Supported by CSAFs: Gen Jumper, Gen Moseley, Gen Schwartz, Gen Welsh Fall 05: First IAS Officers selected for deliberate development Summer 06: IAS selects begin training (NPS, ACSC) Sep 07: DoDI , Management of DoD FAO Programs DoD through respective Services shall deliberately develop and manage a corps of FAOs to support the DoD global mission

4 I n t e g r i t y - S e r v i c e - E x c e l l e n c e Building International Airmen: What Changed? Before 2005: USAF Foreign Area Officer (FAO) Program Ineffective “Career-killer” perception Lacked deliberate development; relied on self-obtained skills No centralized career management After 2005: Institutionalized IAS Program IAS program created to centrally manage two paths (RAS and PAS) 1st RAS graduates in 2009 – 1st PAS graduates in 2007 Increase in demand for IAS officers; 50% growth in billets since Promotion rates for IAS officers consistently above LAF through O-6

5 I n t e g r i t y - S e r v i c e - E x c e l l e n c e International Affairs Specialist Program (IAS) 5 Regional Affairs Strategist (RAS) Regional Expert Language proficiency Advanced Academic Degree At least 6 months regional experience 313 billets (requires pool of approx. 900 officers) 282 certified RAS Officers Annual development of 72 officers Selection at 7-10 years of commissioned service Accession Sources Deliberate Development (NPS/DLI) Olmsted Scholar Program/Mansfield Fellows Int’l IDE/SDE (foreign language) Direct Utilization “Dual Track” Program = Alternating Assignment Remain current and competent in PAFSC Remain competitive for PME, Command Translate regional expertise into military utility Pol-Mil Affairs Strategist (PAS) Broad Political-Military Affairs No foreign language requirement In-residence IDE/SDE graduate 314 billets 306 certified PAS Officers Annual development of 88 officers Selection at years commissioned service Accession Sources ACSC, Pol-Mil Specialized Studies CSAF POLAD Internship Int’l IDE/SDE (English language) Single Developmental Assignment Deliberate career broadening Provides Pol-Mil expertise IAS Program enhances functional communities by deliberately developing Airmen with LRC skills and competencies for future Building Partnership Capacity.

6 I n t e g r i t y - S e r v i c e - E x c e l l e n c e 6 RAS Training Pipelines Pipeline w/out Language Pipeline w/out AAD Assigned to AFIT/NPS DLI 7 – 17 Months Immersion Approx 6 Months Immersion Approx 6 Months Assigned to 311th/314th TRS NPS 15 Months NPS 15 Months Immersion Approx 6 Months Immersion Approx 6 Months Assigned to AFIT/NPS DLI 7 – 17 Months Immersion Approx 3 Months Immersion Approx 3 Months NPS 12 Months NPS 12 Months Immersion Approx 3 Months Immersion Approx 3 Months Assigned to 311th/314th TRS Typical Pipeline Other Accession Sources Olmsted Scholar Program Mansfield Fellowship International Officer IDE/SDE Direct Utilization

7 I n t e g r i t y - S e r v i c e - E x c e l l e n c e People $39.5 Modernization & Recapitalization $40.4 People $41.7 People $41.7 Modernization & Recapitalization $42.9 Requirements by Organization 313 Regional Affairs Specialist (16F) 314 Political-Military Affairs Specialist (16P)

8 I n t e g r i t y - S e r v i c e - E x c e l l e n c e People $39.5 Modernization & Recapitalization $40.4 People $41.7 Modernization & Recapitalization $41.2 People $41.7 Modernization & Recapitalization $42.9 Requirements by Region 313 Regional Affairs Specialist (16F) 314 Political-Military Affairs Specialist (16P)

9 I n t e g r i t y - S e r v i c e - E x c e l l e n c e 9 International Affairs Specialist Advisory Panel (IASAP) Central body providing senior level program oversight and guidance Annual panel chaired by SES Focus is on development and sustainment of IAS officers Primary Tasks Discuss and implement new initiatives within the IAS community Implement AF and IAS policies, plans, programs and training affecting career field management Conduct screening for IAS command billets Provide career vectors to IAS officers

10 I n t e g r i t y - S e r v i c e - E x c e l l e n c e IAS Way-Ahead Continue IAS production to meet DoD/AF validated requirements Dual-track ramp-up will meet current requirements by 2018 Expectation management over RAS/PAS shortfall during ramp-up Focus production on “Right RAS, Right Time, Right Place” Leverage ongoing DoD/USAF resources & programs, explore new options Formalize relationship with Language Enabled Airman Program (LEAP) to leverage existing LREC capabilities Explore alternative pipeline training opportunities Continue dialogue with Joint FAO Community to capitalize on recognized best-practices 10 Produce, Sustain and Project Air Force Warrior-Diplomats

11 I n t e g r i t y - S e r v i c e - E x c e l l e n c e 11 Questions


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