Promote foreign policy information exchange between the Department of State and the Department of Defense, and to increase the understanding of shared equities, capability gaps, and mutually supportive strategies.
The Strategic Engagement Branch formally manages DOD requests for State support to a full spectrum of training, education, exercises, experiments, and wargames along with Senior-level engagements. Our team reviews each request, clarifies requirements and expectations with the POC, identifies State equities, and solicits support across the entire Department to ensure maximum exposure and appropriate personnel are matched to each specific DOD requirement.
The number of SDI-supported events has expanded from just a few dozen in 2009, more than 200 in 2012, and is on pace to exceed 300 events in CY 2013. These events have enlisted the expertise of State subject matter experts from nearly every Bureau and affect the missions and training of more than 500,000 DOD personnel.
The impact of our work is seen through increased familiarity and fluidity between institutions, cultures, and processes. This inter-agency cooperation fosters learning and trust through information and process sharing. Training and exercises build relationships--a fundamental tenet of the State Department.
Examples of some of the efforts we support include:
Predeployment training across all services, organizational levels, and areas of responsibility
Professional education training across all services and ranks
All major Combatant Command Exercises from development through execution, as well as Certification exercises as part of pre-deployment training activities
EXPERIMENTS AND WARGAMES:
A variety of experiments and wargames from across the services and areas of concentrations.
SENIOR LEADER ENGAGEMENT:
Broad-spectrum engagements between DOD and DOS strategic leaders, spanning all levels from Service Chiefs and Ambassadors to the Joint Staff and the State Department's Executive Secretariat.
To best meet the objectives for each event, we request all points of contact (POCs) complete a support request form (SRF) prior to event coordination. Please contact our office via email for the current version of the Support Request Form at email@example.com.