USAID Administrator Shah, Secretary of Defense Gates, and Secretary of State Clinton take part in a U.S. Global Leadership Coalition roundtable discussion, September, 2010. ©AP Image
Diplomacy, Development, and Defense, the “3Ds” of U.S. national security, form a central framework for American strength and influence. The U.S. Government recognizes the importance of preventing and deterring conflict by working with and through partners and allies, as well as through better collaboration between defense and civilian agencies and organizations. The global challenges and opportunities of the future will demand a greater scale, more resources, and more strategic focus for U.S. diplomacy and development efforts as key partners alongside defense.
Unity of effort is an overriding principle in the 3D framework. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, and USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah share the commitment to improve a whole-of-government approach to national security challenges. There is a heavy focus on how U.S. Government programs are aligned and on building whole-of-government policy responses to key themes, as well as a more comprehensive look at the resources involved and available to support U.S. programs and initiatives.
The Diplomacy, Development, and Defense Planning Group was chartered to improve inter-departmental coordination of planning between the Department of Defense, the Department of State, and USAID. All three agencies recognize that their planning is strengthened by the inclusion of perspectives from other agencies, with resulting plans reflecting a unity of the U.S. Government effort.