Bureau of Political-Military Affairs (PM)

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

Date: 02/11/2014 Description: Tina S. Kaidanow - State Dept Image

The Bureau of Political-Military Affairs (PM), headed by Acting Assistant Secretary Tina Kaidanow, 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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Five Things You Should Know About U.S. Support to Mine Action

Description: A sign in Khammounane Province, Laos warns local communities that the area is contaminated with unexploded ordnance (UXO). - State Dept Image.

Apr. 5: For more than 20 years, the United States has invested more than $2.8 billion in more than 95 countries around the world to reduce the harmful worldwide effects of at-risk, illicitly proliferated, and indiscriminately used conventional weapons of war. DipNote» PM/WRA»

U.S. Support Helps Angola in its Quest to be Free From the Threat of Landmines

Date: 1997 Description: The late Diana, Princess of Wales, wears personal protective equipment while visiting a minefield in Angola in 1997.  © AP Image.

Mar. 31: More than 40 years of conflict rendered Angola one of the world’s most landmine-contaminated countries. See what PM is doing to help. DipNote» PM/WRA»

Clearing Landmines Promotes Peace and Stability in Afghanistan

An Afghan demining technician tests detection equipment.  © AP Image.

Ambassador Wood (Mar. 27): "The United States is proud to support humanitarian mine action in Afghanistan because protecting civilians is a prerequisite for achieving any kind of peace and stability." Full Text» PM/WRA»


Date: 2017 Description: a demining program manager holding an inert plowshare mine. - State Dept Image.

Mar. 23: Landmines continue to kill and injure people in northeastern Zimbabwe. See what PM is doing to help. DipNote»

Iraq: U.S. Conventional Weapons Destruction Efforts Help Defeat ISIS

Date: 2017 Description: An Iraqi demining technician at work.  © Photo courtesy of Janus Global. - State Dept Image.

Mar. 23: The United States has invested more than $333 million in Iraq since 2003 toward the clearance and safe disposal of landmines, unexploded ordnance (UXO), and securing excess conventional weapons and munitions. Fact Sheet» DipNote» PM/WRA»

U.S. Security Cooperation With Iraq

Date: 03/22/2017 Description: A U.S. manufactured F-16 aircraft purchased under the Foreign Military Sales program delivered to the Iraqi Air Force. - State Dept Image.

Mar. 22: The United States is committed to building a strategic partnership with Iraq and the Iraqi people. Under the Strategic Framework Agreement between Iraq and the United States, we remain dedicated to helping Iraq improve security, maintain sovereignty, and defeat ISIS and other terrorist groups. Fact Sheet»

Strengthening Interagency Cooperation

Date: 2016 Description: A State Department Foreign Policy Advisor meets with Senior Department of Defense Officials in Afghanistan, 2016. © U.S. Transportation Command Image.

Mar. 13: Traditionally, the Department of State has developed and implemented our foreign policy, while the Department of Defense managed our nation’s military and national defense. The Bureau of Political-Military Affairs serves as the principal link between both departments, ensuring that our military operations and defense strategy support our foreign policy -- and vice versa. DipNote»

State Partnership Program Strengthens Security and Diplomacy

Description: PM Foreign Policy Advisor Bridget Gersten  with National Guard Leadership at Joint Base-Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, Texas. © Photo courtesy of U.S. Army South.

Mar. 8: PM supports training and exchanges by the National Guard that help strengthen allies and partners worldwide. DipNote»

Security. Partnerships. Political-Military Affairs

Date: 04/29/2004 Description: A worker installs the door latch of a Humvee in a factory in Ohio.  © AP Image.

Mar. 2: We bring the U.S. Department of State together with the U.S. Department of Defense, Congress, and the U.S. defense industry to deliver tools and training that strengthen our allies and partners around the world. DipNote»