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"The Mission of the Political-Military Affairs Bureau (PM) is to build enduring security partnerships to advance U.S. national security objectives."

Date: 09/08/2014 Description: Assistant Secretary Puneet Talwar - State Dept Image The Bureau of Political-Military Affairs (PM), headed by Assistant Secretary Puneet Talwar, 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.
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To Walk the Earth in Safety (2014)
Date: 12/08/2014 Description: Secretary Kerry releases the 13th edition of the report To Walk the Earth in Safety. - State Dept Image

The 13th Edition of To Walk the Earth in Safety summarizes the accomplishments of the U.S. Conventional Weapons Destruction Program.

• Secretary Kerry's Remarks»
• DipNote: Clear Land Mines Off the Earth»
• DipNote: To Walk the Earth in Safety»
• Fact Sheet»
• Media Note»
• Notice to the Press»
Security Assistance in Africa
Date: 06/04/2015 Description: PM Assistant Secretary Puneet Talwar testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, June 4, 2015. - State Dept Image

Assistant Secretary Talwar (June 4): “Our African partners are increasingly taking charge of their own security. However, significant and complex security challenges remain.” Full Text» DipNote»

U.S.-Vietnam Relations Promote Regional Security
Date: 01/23/2015 Description: Assistant Secretary Talwar delivers remarks at the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam in Hanoi, January 23, 2015. - State Dept Image

Assistant Secretary Talwar (Jan. 23): "Broadening and deepening our partnership with Vietnam is a critical pillar of the rebalance. And this year holds so much promise and possibility for us to make progress, and it’s our job now to turn those possibilities into action." Full Text»

U.S.-India Defense Cooperation: A Smart Investment in Strategic Partnership

Assistant Secretary Talwar (Dec. 3): "We believe there is especially strong potential in the U.S.-India defense relationship, which we want to translate into action." Full Text»

Export Control Reform Marks One Year of Progress

Since October 2013, Export Control Reform has overhauled a Cold War-era system of regulations, increasing the competitiveness of U.S. industry. Fact Sheet»

Global Peace Operations Initiative Worldwide Conference
Date: 07/09/2014 Description: PM Assistant Secretary Puneet Talwar delivers opening remarks at the GPOI Worldwide Conference. - State Dept Image

Assistant Secretary Talwar (July 9): “We are dedicated to achieving concrete and sustainable results that contribute to international peace and security.” Full Text» Media Note» GPOI»

International Security Cooperation Advances U.S. National Security
Date: 09/24/2002 Description: U.S. Army soldiers of Task Force Panther 82nd Airborne Division stand guard on the tarmac of a forward military base during sunset, Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2002, in the southeast region of Afghanistan.  © AP ImageDeputy Assistant Secretary Kausner (Apr. 23): “Security cooperation is about using all of our equipment, skills, and knowledge to shape a more prosperous and secure future – not just for us, but also for our partners.” Full Text»
White House Announces Updated Conventional Arms Transfer Policy

After a two-year comprehensive review, the President approved this update to ensure that our conventional arms transfer policies support 21st century national security and foreign policy objectives. White House Fact Sheet» Full Text» DipNote»

U.S. Special Operations Command: PM's Partner in Security Cooperation
Date: 04/29/2012 Description: U.S. Army special forces Captain speaks with troops from the Central African Republic and Uganda, in Obo, Central African Republic, Sunday, April 29, 2012. © AP Image 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»
Security Cooperation Strengthens Diplomatic Partnerships
Date: 06/19/2007 Description: A Boeing F-18 Super Hornet performs its demonstration flight over Bourget airport, during the 47th Paris Air Show in Le Bourget, North of Paris. © AP ImageDeputy 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 the World Safer

Date: 06/16/2009 Description: A demining technician from The HALO Trust conducts clearance operations in Georgia. - State Dept ImageThe 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 Website

Date: 2011 Description: Screenshot of new website: Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia.  © Screenshot of websiteThe State Department announces the launch of the new official website for the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia, Learn more»


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