Defense Attaché Office

The Defense Attaché Office (DAO), consisting of attachés and a professional support staff,  represents the United States Department of Defense to the Government of Malaysia and the Malaysian Armed Forces. As the diplomatic representatives of the Secretary of Defense, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Secretaries of the military departments, and the service chiefs, the respective Defense and Service Attachés liaise with Malaysian military and defense officials on matters of mutual interest.

The Senior Defense Official/ Defense Attaché is the principal military advisor to the Ambassador on defense and national security issues.