What is the SCO’s responsibility in general for DoD visitors?
Under the authority of both the U.S. Ambassador and the SDO/DATT, and in compliance with the DoD Foreign Clearance Guide, the
SCO must manage its official visitors so that their presence, activities, and mission support United States security
cooperation and foreign policy goals with the host nation. As a minimum, official visits should not detract from these goals. This
requires the SCO to carefully coordinate its official visitors with host nation counterparts and the U.S. embassy country team.
What about DoD aircraft clearances and U.S. Navy ship visits?
These are typically the responsibility of the local Defense Attache Office (DAO), which also works under the authority of the SDO/DATT. However, the SCO must remain cognizant of these activities as they interface with – or support -- its security cooperation mission.
What about visits by host nation personnel to CONUS?
The DoD Foreign Clearance Guide does not apply here. Guidance stems from other policy documents, including DoDD 5230.20. In general, official foreign visitors to DoD installations and organizations must have an approved request through the Foreign Visits System (FVS) or, if they are on student status, have an Invitational Travel Order (ITO) issued by the SCO.
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