"But being right, even morally right, isn't everything. It is also important to be competent, to be consistent, and to be knowledgeable. It's important for your soldiers and diplomats to speak the language of the people you want to influence. It's important to understand the ethnic and tribal divisions of the place you hope to assist."
Friday, July 22, 2011
This is a pretty cool ('pretty' because it costs $1500) 4-day primer on all things Capitol Hill for the young naval officer. Many applicable naval staffs will foot the bill for this if you know about it! I've been working in the PGON for more than a year though and I just found out about it today, so feel free to spread the good word. I'd also be interested to hear comments from any FUUO readers that have attended the workshop.
The Government Affairs Institute, Georgetown University, provides opportunities for Department of Navy (DON) employees to receive a first-hand understanding not only of congressional process and procedure, but also the unique culture surrounding the United States Congress. Over the four days, participants will hear from, and be afforded the opportunity to ask questions of, Members of Congress, congressional staff, academic observers, interest group representatives, news media representatives and DON Legislative Liaison staff.
The Corporate Council on Africa is hosting their 8th biennial US-Africa Business Summit. Have any readers been to one previously? I am looking forward to Plenary III which has a maritime DOD focus!