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The designation of the additional duty of United States Defense Representative (USDR) also led at times to friction between the DATT and CSCO in an embassy.
Defense Representative (USDR) in Foreign Countries (Washington, D.C., January 1992), 2.
Second, there remain key countries that, due to size of account (Egypt, Saudi Arabia) or importance of the relationship (Turkey, Russia, China), have general officer/flag officer billets that have met the requirement for the USDR. The DOD program for FAOs states that "Officers with potential for service on political-military staffs and for effective military diplomacy shall be competitively selected within the Military Departments and be able to represent the U.S.