The Foreign Service Journal, July-August 2012

F OCUS ON FSI /FS T RA INING P URSUING THE E LUSIVE T RAINING F LOAT Torrence Delawie 14 F O R E I G N S E R V I C E J O U R N A L / J U LY- A U G U S T 2 0 1 2 n the summer of 2010, the Center for a New American Security examined more than two dozen reports, articles and blue-ribbon commission studies, all aimed at overhauling the Foreign Service for the new millen- nium. CNAS found that all the studies, dating back to the late 1990s, were consistent in one regard about what the State Department needs to do to fulfill its mission in the new century: train its staff better. The center, which has close ties to the Obama administration, noted that State has been trying to do just that for a A DEQUATE FUNDING IS A KEY PIECE OF THE PROFESSIONALIZATION PUZZLE , BUT NOT THE ONLY ONE . B Y S HAWN Z ELLER I