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By Bob Dole
The industrious island has proved itself worthy of U.S. inclusion
Topic - Christine Foushee
It's a dangerous world for U.S. diplomats. But the last thing a nation beset by the "ugly American" stereotype needs is ugly American embassies. The State Department is now promising to reconcile enhanced security with design in its aggressive new overseas building program. It's about time, say its critics.
"Because planning and construction take time, you won't see the full effect for a few years," says Ms. Foushee. "The new approach is a holistic approach, really, to get the best value for the money, as well as excellence in design — a whole approach to bettering our process."
Christine Foushee, director of external affairs at the Bureau of Overseas Building Operations, says that while initially "replacements were based on vulnerability" and security was the first priority, once the program was launched "many within the OBO were thinking of the best approach to revamping our process."