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Defense Attaché Office (DAO)

The Defense Attaché Office (DAO), Vientiane, Laos, manages all Security Cooperation activities with the Lao Government, to include military education and training programs, humanitarian assistance, procurement of U.S. military goods and services, and United States Pacific Command (PACOM) Theater Security Cooperation activities, in order to achieve U.S. national security and foreign policy objectives with the Lao PDR.

The agreement to exchange military attachés between the United States of America and the Lao People’s Democratic Republic was first announced in 2007.  The Defense Attaché Office was officially opened on December 5, 2009 at the U.S. Embassy in Vientiane.

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