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“This report will provide Congress and the next president with a blueprint for fixing the human capital crisis that has hobbled United States diplomacy worldwide, crippled its response to crises and inappropriately thrown additional foreign-policy burdens on the military in recent years,” said Thomas Boyatt, a former ambassador to Burkina Faso and Colombia who oversaw the study.

The academy suggested adding 4,735 diplomats, a 46 percent increase; expanding public diplomacy duties; increasing funding to embassies to allow ambassadors to respond effectively to humanitarian and political emergencies; transferring authority over a $785 million security-assistance program to the State Department from the Defense Department; and establishing a “surge capacity” for foreign reconstruction and stabilization programs.

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