Official definition of the United States Department of the term security assistance organization .
security assistance organization
All Department of Defense elements located in a foreign country with assigned responsibilities for carrying out security assistance management functions. It includes military assistance advisory groups, military missions and groups, offices of defense and military cooperation, liaison groups, and defense attaché personnel designated to perform security assistance functions. Also called SAO. See also security assistance; security cooperation. (JP 3-07.1) (US DoD)
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