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YPFP DC: Jointness is Yesterday, Interagency is Today
YPFP is thrilled to host a workshop led by Major Jason Howk to inform YPFP members about the multi-national environment they will operate in during their careers and teach them how to function effectively in it. This discussion will examine how the Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental, and Multi-national environments affect U.S. foreign policy leaders. The session will also explore the influence of Non-Governmental Organizations and Super Empowered Individuals. Through this interactive mentoring session, members will gain invaluable skills for executing foreign policy in the interagency workplaces of our generation.
Major Jason Howk is currently serving on the Joint Staff working on Afghanistan issues. Major Howk enlisted as an Infantryman in the U.S. Army in 1991 and served five years as a paratrooper in Pathfinder and Rifle companies. In 2007 he was selected to become a Foreign Area Officer for the Army. During his first year in Afghanistan he was involved in the creation of the Afghan National Army and establishing the Security Sector Reform (SSR) program as Aide De Camp to Major General Eikenberry. During his second tour he served as Aide De Camp to General McChrystal during the US and NATO strategic assessment of the Afghan War campaign. At General McChrystal’s request he assisted LtGen (retired, UK Army) Sir Graeme Lamb in constructing the ISAF Reintegration unit that helped create the Afghan Peace, Reintegration and Reconciliation policy and garner international support for it.
He has worked extensively with the State Department, numerous intelligence agencies, academia, and various nations’ diplomats on Afghan issues. He has published several articles and monographs, is a Malone Fellow in Arab and Islamic Studies, and is a term-member of the Council on Foreign Relations.