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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Implementation of the Conventional Arms Transfer (CAT) Policy

An AH-64 Apache Long Bow on display at the Dubai Airshow. (Dept. of State photo).

On July 13, the Secretary of State submitted the Implementation Plan requested as part of the Conventional Arms Transfer (CAT) Policy (NSPM-10). In line with the U.S. National Security Strategy, these documents lay out a whole-of-government strategy to better align our conventional arms transfers with our national security and economic interests. More»

UNSC Briefing on Landmines, Explosive Remnants of War, and Improvised Explosive Devices

Demining technician probes the ground searching for explosive hazards in Mosul, Iraq (Photo courtesy of Janus Global Operations).

June 29: Rapid stabilization assistance, critical to promoting security and securing peace dividends in a post conflict environment, cannot take place until IEDs, unexploded ordnance, and other conventional munitions are removed safely and securely. USUN» PM/WRA»

Global Peace Operations Initiative Promotes International Peacekeeping

Peacekeepers at a ceremony marking International Day of UN Peacekeeping. (UN Image)

June 12: As the U.S. Government’s primary global investment for strengthening international peacekeeping capacity and capabilities, GPOI’s positive impact can be seen in virtually every UN or regional organizations’ peace operation around the world today. Media Note» PM/GPOI»

With U.S. Support, El Salvador Steps Up for Peacekeeping Mission in Mali

El Salvador contributes military helicopters and a contingent of ninety peacekeepers to peacekeeping efforts of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA).

May 29: El Salvador stands as a leader and role model to many other countries seeking to step up to the challenge of international peacekeeping. DipNote» PM/GPOI»

Defense Trade: Proposed Rules for Oversight of Firearms Exports Published for Public Comment

Attendees at the National Rifle Association convention view a display of weapons on display on the convention floor in Dallas, Friday, May 4, 2018. (AP Image).

May 24: 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. Fact Sheet»

U.S.-India Joint Training Further Strengthens Peacekeeping Missions in Africa

U.S. Ambassador Kenneth Juster and Secretary Ruchi Ghanashyam, of the Indian Ministry of External Affairs meet with African officers attending UNPCAP III and the Indian and U.S. course instructors. ( U.S. Embassy New Delhi photo).

May 15: U.S. Ambassador to India Kenneth I. Juster gave remarks at the opening ceremony for the third annual UN Peacekeeping Course for African Partners (UNPCAP-III), a joint U.S.-India initiative to build and enhance the capacity of African troop and police-contributing countries to participate in UN and regional peacekeeping operations. DipNote» Remarks» Briefing»

Iraq: U.S.-Funded Explosive Hazard Clearance Restores Access to Clean Water in Mosul

Janus team members move on to the next area after safely clearing a building in the al-Dawassa Water Treatment Facility. (Photo courtesy of Janus Global Operations).

May 10: With PM support, 40,000 people will again have access to clean water now that explosive hazards left behind by ISIS have been safely cleared. DipNote» PM/WRA»

PM Enables the Safe Return of Iraqi Children to School

Janus cleared explosives from this schoolhouse, enabling the return of teachers and students. (Photo courtesy of Janus Global Operations).

May 1: A school in Ninewa province reopens after U.S. assistance helps clear deadly explosives left behind by ISIS. DipNote» PM/WRA»

U.S. Conventional Weapons Destruction Program - Iraq

An Iraqi demining technician working outside Irbil. (Photo courtesy of Al-Hurra).

Apr. 27: The United States has invested more than $381 million in Iraq since 2003 toward the clearance and safe disposal of landmines, unexploded ordnance (UXO), improvised explosive devices (IEDs), and excess conventional weapons and munitions. Fact Sheet» PM/WRA»

U.S. Conventional Weapons Destruction Program - Syria

In this Thursday, April 5, 2018 photo, children look from the window of their house that was damaged last summer during fighting between U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces fighters and Islamic State militants, in Raqqa, Syria. (AP Image).

Apr. 27: Since 2015, PM has invested $54 million toward clearing more than 20,000 landmines, pieces of unexploded ordnance, and Improvised Explosive Devices from over 15.5 million square meters of land in northeastern Syria liberated from ISIS. Fact Sheet» PM/WRA»

U.S. Department of State Concludes $30 Million Settlement with FLIR Systems, Inc.

This undated image taken with a FLIR One infrared camera shows people on a New York City subway train.  (AP Photo).

Apr. 25: Settlement demonstrates PM’s role in strengthening U.S. industry by protecting U.S. defense articles, including technical data, from unauthorized export. Media Note» PM/DDTC»

U.S. Department of State Takes Action Against Arms Export Violations

Robert F. Kennedy Department of Justice Building, Friday, June 19, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik).

Apr. 25: PM’s Office of Defense Trade Controls Compliance, working in collaboration with the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Homeland Security Investigations, identified 168 persons subject to statutory debarment based on their criminal conviction by a court of the United States. Media Note» PM/DDTC»

Conventional Arms Transfer Policy Update

Fighter jets assembled at a U.S. factory (Photo courtesy of LHM).

Apr. 19: New Conventional Arms Transfer (CAT) Policy to support Allies and partners, expand opportunities for American industry and create American jobs, and maintain U.S. national security while thoroughly reviewing arms transfers to ensure that they are in the U.S. interest. Briefing» Fact Sheet» PM/RSAT»

Export Policy for Unmanned Aerial Systems

An Unmanned Aerial System in flight (DVIDSHub.net Image).

Apr. 19: 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. Fact Sheet» PM/RSAT»

Afghanistan Donor Coordination Workshop for Mine Action

A demining technician working in a field in northern Afghanistan. AP Image.

Ambassador Wood (Apr. 9): "The United States has invested well over $450 million U.S. dollars in conventional weapons destruction in Afghanistan since 1993. This number is not just an expenditure of cash but an investment in the safety and security of the people of Afghanistan." Full Text»

Opening Statement at the Group of Governmental Experts Meeting on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems

U.S. Mission Geneva . AP Image.

Apr. 9: U.S. representatives to the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons meet in Geneva to discuss emerging military technologies. Remarks» Statement»

U.S. and India Work Together To Support Zambia Peacekeeper Training

PV2 Zhen Quin Deng (US Army Medic) and Indian military service members, COL Rohit Kapur and Lt Col Dev Tyagi, discuss the day's training exercises in Zambia. (Photo Credit: AFRICOM).

Apr. 4: The United States and India jointly provided medical training to build the capacity of Zambian military personnel who were preparing to deploy to the UN peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic. DipNote» PM/GPOI/POCB»

UN International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action

A deminer in the Democratic Republic of Congo organizes her tools to begin clearance. State Dept Image.

Spokesperson Nauert (Apr. 4): "Today is the United Nations’ International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action, which provides an opportunity for the world to reflect on both the progress made and the challenges that remain in clearing landmines and unexploded ordnance." Full Text» DipNote» Briefing» PM/WRA»

'Shanti Doot 4' Training Exercise Prepares Peacekeepers for Real-World Challenges

Date: 04/02/2018 Description: Multinational UN Peacekeepers clear a house as part of a Counter IED/EOD field training exercise. Photo courtesy of DVIDS - State Dept Image

Apr. 2: PM’s Global Peace Operations Initiative (GPOI) supports brings together 1,000 new peacekeepers from more than 30 countries. DipNote» PM/GPOI/POCB»

United States and Poland Sign Patriot Deal

Delta battery Soldiers from 10th Army Air and Missile Defense Command perform a crew drill on their Patriot rocket launcher during exercise Panther Assurance 2015, in Sochachew, Poland.(Photo courtesy of DVIDS, Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Randall Jackson, 10th AAMDC Public Affairs)

Spokesperson Nauert (Mar. 28): "The United States welcomes today’s signing in Warsaw of an agreement concluding Phase I of Poland’s purchase of the Patriot missile defense system, worth $4.6 billion. This includes a brand new, state-of-the-art command and control system for Poland’s air and missile defense." Full Text»

Support of Lebanese State Security Services

On March 15, 2018, at the Rome II Conference the U.S. committed to provide the LAF with three additional transportation helicopters, like those pictured here. - © U.S. Embassy Beirut

Spokesperson Nauert (Mar. 15): "The United States today renewed its support for two of Lebanon's vital national institutions, the Lebanese Armed Forces and Internal Security Forces, in Rome at the conference in support of Lebanese state security services." Full Text»

Angola: These Women Clear Landmines

Date: 03/08/2018 Description: A group of women deminers heading toward a training site - Photo courtesy of The HALO Trust © The HALO Trust

Mar. 7: PM supports The HALO Trust’s #100WomenInDemining initiative, which provides training in landmine clearance for 100 women from rural Angola. DipNote» PM/WRA»

Coffee, Conflict, and the Congo

Date: 03/06/2018 Description: A woman working in a coffee field in North Kivu province, DRC-photo courtesy of Polus - State Dept Image

Mar. 6: New PM initiative helps war survivors in Democratic Republic of the Congo with prosthetics and rehabilitation services as well as new opportunities in the region’s coffee industry. DipNote» PM/WRA»

U.S.-Republic of Korea Special Measures Agreement Consultations

Date: 03/06/2018 Description: Senior Advisor Timothy Betts and Mr. John Foster received a tour of Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea (ROK), from U.S. Forces Korea personnel - State Dept Image

Spokesperson Nauert (Mar. 5): "Since 1991, the R.O.K. has helped offset the costs of stationing U.S. forces through the SMA mechanism. Statement» PM/SNA»

Building Security Assistance Partnerships in the Middle East

Date: 03/06/2018 Description:  Delivery of U.S. military equipment to the Lebanese Armed Forces - State Dept Image

Special Advisor Litzenberger (Mar. 1): “It is our job in PM to ensure that our security cooperation aligns with and advances U.S. strategic goals, and that everything the many and varied entities of the U.S. government are doing in foreign security sectors advances a coherent strategy.” Full Text»

Integrating Diplomacy and Defense in the Indo-Pacific

Date: 08/02/2017 Description: U.S. Pacific Command's ADM Harry Harris and Indian Ambassador to the United States Navtej Sarna prepare to embark on a Commander's Barge Tour of Pearl Harbor in August 2017 - Photo courtesy of US PACOM - State Dept Image

Mar. 1: A day in the life of a PM Foreign Policy Advisor, providing diplomatic expertise to military officers at U.S. Pacific Command. DipNote» PM/POLAD»

Zero Tolerance: PM Helps UN Fight Sexual Exploitation and Abuse in Peacekeeping Missions

Participants at the NIO Course work in groups to practice investigative planning. Photo courtesy of Mr. Barry Harrison, Defense Institute of International Legal Studies.

Feb. 21: A new training course, sponsored through the Global Peace Operations Initiative (GPOI), provided training for 26 officers from 11 African partner countries. DipNote» PM/GPOI/POCB»

How the State Department's PM Bureau Supports the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS

Date: 04/02/2018 Description: PM support helps NGO Norwegian People's Aid helps Iraqis avoid dangers from explosive hazards through Risk Education -photo courtesy of NPA - State Dept Image

In FY 2017, we provided over $800 million in security assistance to Global Coalition partners. We also allocated over $104 million to help clear historic level of explosive hazards left behind by ISIS in liberated areas of Iraq and Syria. DipNote»

Security Assistance to Pakistan

Pakistani soldier advancing during a training exercise  - AP Image

Senior Department Official (Jan. 4): "Security assistance funding impending deliveries will be frozen, but not canceled, as we continue to hope Pakistan will take the decisive action against terrorist and militant groups." Full Text»

2017 To Walk the Earth in Safety

Ambassador Kaidanow (Dec. 13): "Since 1993, the U.S. has invested more than $2.9 billion in conventional weapons destruction programs in more than 100 countries....To Walk the Earth in Safety not only provides detailed information about our programs, but it makes clear the real difference that these programs make in the lives of people who have suffered terrible upheaval and destruction." Full Text» Fact Sheet» Media Note» Report»

U.S.-Jordan Partnership Delivers Assistance for Syrian Refugee Kids

A painting by a Syrian child injured during the country's civil war completed during an expressive art therapy class. Photo courtesy Stephen Petegorsky.

Oct. 30: PM partners with The Polus Center for Social & Economic Development to invest in support for the physical and emotional needs of Syrian children scarred by war. DipNote» PM/WRA»


An MQ-9 Reaper Unmanned Aerial Vehicle on display at Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base in Houston, Texas August 4, 2017. (DVIDS, Photo by Master Sgt. Sean Cowher, 147th Attack Wing, Texas Air National Guard).

Oct. 16: As a world leader in the development and deployment of military UAVs, the United States seeks to promote efforts to ensure the responsible export and subsequent use of this rapidly expanding technology. Fact Sheet and Joint Statement»

PM Helps Restore Water to Iraqi Town Liberated From ISIS

Workers begin to repair a water well facility in Iraq after explosive hazards have been removed. Photo courtesy of Janus International.

Sept. 26: Clearing explosive hazards not only makes a difference in the lives of ordinary Iraqis, but they are also hastening the defeat of ISIS. DipNote» PM/WRA»

U.S.-Georgia Strategic Partnership Commission Defense and Security Cooperation Working Group

Georgian Army personnel at a training graduation ceremony. AP Image.

Sept. 12: The United States acknowledged Georgia’s role as a strategic partner in the region, and as a steadfast partner promoting stability and security around the globe. Joint Statement» More»

U.S. Support for Mine Action in Lebanon Clears Land for Peaceful Use

Mines Advisory Group deminer in Al-Demeshquia minefield uses an F3 Minelab detector during clearance operations. ©MAG Image.

Aug. 22: In Lebanon, landmines and unexploded ordnance (UXO) have killed more than 900 people and injured thousands more since 1975. DipNote» PM/WRA»

From Munitions to Mortar: Helping Restore an Iraqi Cement Factory in Mosul

A U.S.-funded search team from Janus Global Operations conducts post clearance quality control at the Hammam Al Alil cement factory near Mosul. Photo courtesy of Janus Global Operations.

Aug. 2: With U.S. support, local Iraqis have cleared away explosive hazards left behind by fleeing ISIS fighters to get the factory back in service and help support reconstruction efforts. DipNote» PM/WRA»

U.S. Arms Sales and Defense Trade

Date: 07/26/2017 Description: PM - Fact Sheet: U.S. Arms Sales and Defense Trade - State Dept Image

July 27: The United States is committed to using arms sales and defense trade to strengthen allies and partners worldwide so that they meet their own legitimate self-defense needs and can improve their capabilities to operate beside U.S. forces to address shared security challenges. Fact Sheet»

The Role of the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs in U.S. Security Sector Assistance

Date: 07/26/2017 Description: PM - Fact Sheet: The Role of the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs in U.S. Security Sector Assistance - State Dept Image

July 27: Security sector assistance is an integral component of U.S. national security strategy and a crucial foreign policy tool that enables foreign partners to advance U.S. national security goals, enhances regional security and interoperability with U.S. forces, and strengthens the professionalism of the armed forces and law enforcement agencies of allied and partner nations. Fact Sheet»

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»