Defense Attaché Office
The Office of the Defense Attaché (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 Senegalese defense/security establishment. At the Embassy in Dakar there are two service attaches accredited to five countries the sub-region (Mauritania, Guinea-Bissau, The Gambia, Cape Verde, and Senegal). The DAO provides political-military advice to the Ambassadors and supports military to military contact/representation programs such as MEDFLAG and ACRI- The African Crisis Response Initiative.
The Defense Attaché (DATT) is also designated as U.S. Defense Representative (USDR) for the region and as such is responsible for representing the Secretary of Defense, Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Secretaries of the military departments, Chiefs of the military services, and unified commanders regarding coordination of administrative and security matters for all in-country DOD noncombatant command elements.