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Our Mission

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

The Latest

Policy Issues

Implementing the U.S. Conventional Arms Transfer Policy

In line with the U.S. National Security Strategy, the Secretary of State has submitted the Implementation Plan requested as part of the Conventional Arms Transfer Policy (NSPM-10). These documents lay out a whole-of-government strategy to better align our conventional arms transfers with our national security and economic interests.

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Export Policy for Unmanned Aerial Systems

New policy promotes U.S. values and international standards, while also ensuring that U.S. industry has fair and competitive access to the global marketplace.

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Proposed Rules for Oversight of Firearms Exports

The proposed rules are part of an ongoing effort to modernize the U.S. export control regulations to create a simpler, more robust system that eases industry compliance, improves enforceability, and better protects America’s most sensitive technologies.

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