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xi GLOSSARY OF COMMON STATE DEPARTMENT TERMS Diplomacy, like most professions, has its share of acronyms and shorthand terms. Here are some of the common ones used by Department of State and Foreign Service personnel and in this book. CIA—Central Intelligence Agency. Congen—consul general. DAS—deputy assistant secretary. However, the shorthand “AS” is never used to refer to assistant secretaries, probably because unless the speaker carefully controls sibilance, unfortunate connotations may ensue. “A/S” is often substituted in writing. DCM—deputy chief of mission. The number-two-ranked person at an embassy. He or she is in charge of the embassy—with the title “chargé d’affaires ad interim,” or “a.i.”—when the ambassador is out of the country. The common shorthand for this is “chargé.” DIA—Defense Intelligence Agency. Emboff—embassy officer. EXDIS—exclusive or executive distribution. This is a distribution designator placed on a document to restrict who may see it. It serves other uses as well, which are discussed in the text. xii ———— GLOSSARY OF COMMON STATE DEPARTMENT TERMS IC—intelligence community. IMF—International Monetary Fund. NODIS—no distribution. Another, and even more restrictive distribution designator. Despite the terminology, these documents are distributed. NSA—National Security Agency. NSC—National Security Council. Polcouns—political counselor. Poloff—political officer at an embassy. Other offices will have their own shorthand, as in “Econoff.” Seventh Floor—senior State Department officials (under secretary and higher). Derives from the fact that the office of the secretary of state is on the seventh floor of the main State Department building in Washington. The term has also come to connote policy approval, as in “the Seventh Floor has signed off on this.” In addition, each bureau in the department has its own shorthand designation, as in “EUR” for the European Bureau and “INR” for the Bureau of Intelligence and Research. Combining a bureau indicator with a position indicator, such as “EUR A/S,” allows accurate designation of both the position and the individual occupying it, without the bother of attaching an actual person’s name. However, no way has yet been found to apply such designations when more than one person occupies the position, as in “EUR DAS,” and last names are pressed into service in such cases. ...


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