Strategic Planning Framework

Consistent with its performance management methodology shown on the opposite page, the Department will focus its work around twelve strategic goals that capture both the breadth of its mission and its specific responsibilities.  The FY 2004 Performance Plan is the first performance plan structured around this new framework which reflects policy and functional collaboration between USAID and the Department towards achieving common goals. 

The framework brings greater clarity, direction, and alignment among the Department's vision, mission, and overall priorities.  In this context, the Department reduced the number of its strategic goals from twenty to twelve, centered around four core strategic objectives:

  • Protect the Nation
  • Advance Sustainable Development and Global Interests
  • Promote International Understanding
  • Strengthen Diplomatic and Program Capabilities

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Mission: Create a More Secure, Democratic, and Prosperous World for the Benefit of the American People and the International Community.
Strategic Objective: Protect the Nation
--Strategic Goal: Counterterrorism
--Strategic Goal: Homeland Security
--Strategic Goal: Regional Stability
--Strategic Goal: Weapons of Mass Destruction
--Strategic Goal: International Crime and Drugs
--Strategic Goal: American Citizens
Strategic Objective: Advance Sustainable Development and Global Interests
--Strategic Goal: Democracy and Human Rights
--Strategic Goal: Economic Prosperity and Security
--Strategic Goal: Social and Environmental Issues
--Strategic Goal: Humanitarian Response
Strategic Objective: Promote International Understanding
--Strategic Goal: Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs
Strategic Objective: Strengthen Diplomatic and Program Capabilities
--Strategic Goal: Management and Organizational Excellence

The following pages show each of the Department's four Strategic Objectives with their corresponding Strategic Goals and FY 2004 Annual Performance Goals.  

Strategic Objective #1
- Protect the Nation -

Strategic Goals

FY 2004 Performance Goals

Prevent attacks against the United States, our allies, and our friends, and strengthen alliances and international arrangements to defeat global terrorism.

Coalition partners identify, deter, apprehend, and prosecute terrorists.

U.S. and foreign governments actively combat terrorist financing.

Coordinated international prevention and response to terrorism, including bioterrorism.

Diminished political and economic conditions that permit terrorism to flourish.

Homeland Security

Secure the homeland by strengthening arrangements that govern the flows of people, goods, and services between the United States and the rest of the world.

Denial of visas to foreign citizens who would abuse or threaten the U.S., while facilitating entry of legitimate applicants.

Implemented international agreements to stop the entry of goods that could harm the U.S., while ensuring the transfer of bona fide materials.

Protection of critical physical and cyber infrastructure networks through agreements and enhanced cooperation.

Regional Stability

Avert and resolve local and regional conflicts to preserve peace and minimize harm to U.S. national interests.

Close, strong, and effective U.S. ties with allies, friends, partners, and regional organizations.

Existing and emergent regional conflicts are contained or resolved.

Weapons of Mass Destruction

Reduce the threat of weapons of mass destruction to the United States, our allies, and our friends.

Bilateral measures, including the promotion of new technologies, combat the proliferation of WMD and reduce stockpiles.

Strengthened multilateral WMD agreements and nuclear energy cooperation under appropriate conditions.

Verification integrated throughout the negotiation and implementation of nonproliferation and arms control agreements and commitments, and rigorous enforcement of compliance with implementation and inspection regimes

International Crime and Drugs

Minimize the impact of international crime and illegal drugs on the United States and its citizens.

International trafficking in drugs, persons, and other illicit goods disrupted and criminal organizations dismantled.

States cooperate internationally to set and implement anti-drug and anti-crime standards, share financial and political burdens, and close off safe-havens through justice systems and related institution building.

American Citizens

Assist American citizens to travel, conduct business, and live abroad securely.

U.S. citizens have the consular information, services, and protection they need to reside, conduct business, or travel abroad.

Effective and timely passport issuance, with document integrity assured.

Strategic Objective #2
- Advance Sustainable Development and Global Interests -

Strategic Goals

FY 2004 Performance Goals

Democracy and Human Rights

Advance the growth of democracy and good governance, including civil society, the rule of law, respect for human rights, and religious freedom.

Measures adopted to develop transparent and accountable democratic institutions, laws, and economic and political processes and practices.

Universal standards protect human rights, including the rights of women and ethnic minorities, religious freedom, worker rights, and the reduction of child labor.

Economic Prosperity
and Security

Enhance economic prosperity and security by promoting global economic growth, development, and stability, while expanding opportunities for U.S. businesses.

Institutions, laws, and policies foster private sector-led growth, macroeconomic stability, and poverty reduction.

Increased trade and investment achieved through market-opening international agreements and further integration of developing countries into the trading system.

Secure and stable financial and energy markets.

Enhanced food security and agricultural development.

Social and Environment Issues

Improve health, education, environment, and other conditions for the global population.

Improved global health, including child, maternal, and reproductive health, and the reduction of abortion anddisease, especially HIV/AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis.

Partnerships, initiatives, and implemented international treaties and agreements that protect the environment and promote efficient energy use and resource management.

Broader access to quality education with emphasis on primary school completion.

Effective and humane international migration policies and systems.

Humanitarian Response

Minimize the human costs of displacement, conflicts, and natural disasters.

Effective protection, assistance, and durable solutions for refugees, internally displaced persons, and conflict victims.

Improved capacity of host countries and the international community to reduce vulnerabilities to disasters and anticipate and respond to humanitarian emergencies.

Strategic Objective #3
- Promote International Understanding -

Strategic Goals

FY 2004 Performance Goals

Public Diplomacy and
 Public Affairs

Increase understanding for American values, policies, and initiatives to create a receptive international environment

Public diplomacy influences global public opinion and decision-making consistent with U.S. national interests.

International exchanges increase mutual understanding and build trust between Americans and people and institutions around the world.

Basic human values embraced by Americans are respected and understood by global publics and institutions.

American understanding and support for U.S. foreign policy, development programs, the Department of State, and the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Strategic Objective #4
- Strengthen Diplomatic and Program Capabilities -

Strategic Goals

FY 2004 Performance Goals

Management and Organizational Excellence

Ensure a high quality workforce supported by modern and secure infrastructure and operational capacities.

A high performing, well-trained, and diverse workforce aligned with mission requirements.

Modernized, secure, and high quality information technology management and infrastructure that meet critical business requirements.

Personnel are safe from physical harm and national security information is safe from compromise.

Secure, safe, and functional facilities serving domestic and overseas staff.

Integrated budgeting, planning, and performance management; effective financial management; and demonstrated financial accountability.

Customer-oriented, innovative delivery of administrative and information services, acquisitions, and assistance.