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 two years the office has concluded a burden-sharing agreement with Japan and an array of access and transit agreements with the states of Central Asia, amended a defense cooperation agreement to permit the stationing of Aegis destroyers in Spain, and completed negotiation of a new status of forces agreement with the Kingdom of the Netherlands covering its territories in the Caribbean. Other negotiations are ongoing with countries in South America, the Arabian Gulf, and sub-Saharan Africa, with upcoming consultations planned in Southeast Asia and Europe. 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.