"Our Mission: Political-Military Affairs integrates diplomacy and defense, and forges strong international partnerships to meet shared security challenges."
The Bureau of Political-Military Affairs (PM), headed by Acting Assistant Secretary Tom Kelly, is the Department of State's principal link to the Department of Defense. The PM Bureau provides policy direction in the areas of international security, security assistance, military operations, defense strategy and plans, and defense trade.
Acting Assistant Secretary Kelly (Sept. 17): "This edition of our annual report examines how far we have come in two decades of sustained support for programs and partnerships that comprise the U.S. Conventional Weapons Destruction Program." Full Report»Media Note»DipNote»
U.S. Special Operations Command: PM's Partner in Security Cooperation
Deputy Assistant Secretary Kausner (June 5): "We must continue to cultivate a whole-of-government approach to building partner capacity. The unique training, regional orientation, and language skills will make the special operator an essential player in this endeavor." Full Text»
PM Briefs Congress on Export Control Reform Progress
Acting Assistant Secretary Kelly (Apr. 24): “As the pace of technological advance accelerates, and as technological capability spreads around the world, the need to update our Export Controls is increasingly urgent.” Full Text»Video»Media Note» Fact Sheet»
Deputy Assistant Secretary Kausner (Apr. 24): “The nature of our relationships with allies and partners in the modern world is symbiotic when it comes to defense. We are safer when partners can ensure the stability of their regions – and they are safer employing American technology.” Full Text»
Making Progress Against Piracy
Assistant Secretary Shapiro (Apr. 10): “Pirates at sea are still searching for ships to target as we speak. But while the threat remains, the progress that has been made is real and remarkable.” Full Text»Fact Sheet»
Making the World Safer
The U.S. is the world’s leading provider of financial and technical assistance for countries seeking to build peace though conventional weapons destruction. Full Text»
Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia Launches New Website
The State Department announces the launch of the new official website for the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia, www.thecgpcs.org. Learn more»
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