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Office of Security Negotiations and Agreements (PM/SNA)


The mission of the office of Security Negotiations and Agreements (PM/SNA) is to facilitate the deployment of U.S. military forces throughout the world by coordinating, negotiating and concluding international agreements to meet the nation's security requirements.

To accomplish this mission, PM/SNA leads the U.S. Government's negotiation of status of forces agreements, defense cooperation agreements, burden-sharing and facilities access agreements, transit and overflight arrangements, and state flights agreements. Collectively, these agreements facilitate the deployment and movement of U.S. forces and materiel abroad and provide protections for U.S. service members operating overseas. PM/SNA literally covers the globe.

In the last year the office has concluded a major defense cooperation agreement (DCA) with Qatar that will provide protections for 10,000 troops, and a multi-billion dollar burden-sharing agreement with the Republic of Korea for U.S. stationing costs there, over the next five years. During this time, PM/SNA has also initiated negotiations with both the Philippines and Australia for landmark defense agreements integral to the President's Asia reengagement strategy, concluded SOFA negotiations with Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Burundi, and others. The office is currently engaged in SOFA talks with Morocco, Uganda, Mali, Malawi, Libya, Peru, Malta, and others to ensure adequate status protections for DoD personnel, and pursuing state flights agreements with Kazakhstan and Russia to support USG policy. In leading these efforts, PM/SNA draws on expertise provided by the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD)/Policy, OSD's Office of General Counsel, the Joint Staff, and regional bureaus and the Office of the Legal Advisor at State, as well as by Embassies and the regional Combatant Commands.


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