DVOT Program


The Distinguished Visitor Orientation Tours (DVOT) Program is a United States Security Assistance Program based at the National Defense University that provides a vehicle for flag or general officers to learn about specific assets of the US defense establishment in order to improve their own militaries and governments.

DVOT delegations visit a variety of military installations and governmental organizations throughout the US to learn from the experts on specific subject matter. For additional information, please see the DVOT Brochure (PDF). For information about scheduling a tour, please click here.

Orientation Tours (OT)

An OT is conducted for selected foreign officers and government civilians who are destined for responsible positions in their country’s military and/or parliamentary establishment. These officers and civilians do not presently qualify for DVOTs. An OT is provided on a modest basis with minimum official entertainment.

Funding Information:

  • MASL: B366003, DVOT/OT Contract Support ($18,453)
  • MASL: B366004, DVOT Support
  • MASL: B362000, Escort Officer (US personnel only)
  • MASL: B181011, OT Participants

FY 2009 DVOTs:

  • April – Tanzania
  • September – Cambodia
  • September – Serbia

FY 2010 DVOTs:

  • October – Djibouti, Chief of Naval Operations
    NAVAIR SYSCOM, NDU, ACSS, Offices of Naval Intelligence, US Fleet Forces Command, Norfolk, VA
  • October – Lesotho, Chief of Defense Forces
    Fort Rucker Warrant Officer Career College, Pentagon Joint Staff, NDU, Department of State, West Point
  • February – Poland, Ministry of National Defense
    Washington, DC (Pentagon, PEO Soldier, DSCA), Defense Acquisitions University, Ft. Belvoir, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA, Edwards AFB, Los Angeles AFB Space and Missiles Systems Center
  • March – Mozambique, Chief of Defense Forces
    US Military Academy West Point, NY, United Nations DPKO, Washington, DC (NDU, ACSS, Pentagon, Department of State, DSCA/DTRA), USMC Quantico, VA, Lackland AFB NCO Academy, Basic Military Training, DLI-ELC, San Antonio, TX
  • September – Uzbekistan
    Washington, DC (Department of State, DSCA, OSD), DISAM Dayton, OH, DLI-ELC & AMEDD San Antonio, TX, Naval Postgraduate School Monterey, CA
  • September – Turkey, Coast Guard Commander
    Washington, DC (OSD, CNO, Coast Guard Headquarters, Naval Research Lab, Intelligence Coordination Center), Baltimore, MD (Coast Guard Yard, Surface Force Logistics Center), Training Center Yorktown, VA

FY 2011 DVOTs:

  • December – Egypt, Army Division Commanders
    Ft. Knox, KY Armor School, Ft. Benning, NC Infantry School, Ft. Hood, TX Battalion Combat Team Training, Ft. Sill, OK
  • February – Mali, Chief of Defense
    Washington, DC (OSD, DoS, NDU/ACSS), Fort Lee, VA – Ordinance Basic Officer Leaders’ Course and Combined Logistics Captains’ Career Camp, Camp Lejeune, NC – Staff NCO Course, Fort Benning, GA – Infantry Basic Officer Leader Course, Infantry Captains’ Career Course, the Ranger Course, and the NCO Academy, Maxwell AFB, AL – Squadron Officers School and Air Command and Staff College
  • August – Tajikistan, Mobile Forces Staff Commander, Presidential Administration and Ministry of Defense representatives
    Washington, DC (OSD, DoS, NESA), New York, NY – United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations, San Antonio, TX – Defense Language Institute English Language Center, NCO Academy, Ft. Polk, LA – Orientation to Army Structure and a Light Infantry Brigade, Tampa, FL – CENTCOM and SOCCENT
  • September – Ethiopia, Commandants of the Command & Staff College and the Combined Arms and Military Academies
    Newport, RI – Defense Institute for International Legal Studies and Naval War College, Ft. Leavenworth, KS – US Army Command and General Staff College, Ft. Benning, GA – US Infantry School and Armor School, Washington, DC – National Defense University components & ACSS, Carlisle, PA – US Army War College