The Pentagon's Overseas Alumni Club

Using foreign military officers to win hearts and minds

George Bush's campaign to win hearts and minds overseas doesn't just involve high-level diplomacy and Administration officials pushing the U.S. message on TV abroad. The Pentagon is also trying to enlist foreign military officers in the spinning. Each year more than 2,000 foreign officers from more than 50 countries are students at Defense Department schools, such as the National Defense University in Washington, and regional security-studies centers the Pentagon operates in Hawaii and Germany. Hoping those mid-level officers will happily promote Washington's interests after taking classes in the U.S., the Pentagon for the past 1 1/2 years has quietly been organizing...

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