Political-Military Policy and Planning Team

Strategic Political-Military Policy and Defense Strategy

PPT provides political-military analysis and recommendations to Department leadership on emergent national security issues. It utilizes a global strategic perspective to assist regional bureaus in addressing regional challenges. By working closely with the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Joint Staff, Combatant Commands, and all the regional and functional bureaus within the Department of State, PPT contributes to the development of comprehensive political-military solutions to vexing national security issues.

PPT assesses the viability of defense policy options and alternatives, and develops and recommends innovative approaches that maximize support to U.S. foreign policy goals. It provides Department input to Department of Defense efforts in policy and institutional reform. PPT identifies key trends and issues in national security affairs, and assesses the potential impact on Department authorities, plans, programs, and activities. PPT recommends policies and actions to DoD and serves as the Department of State point of contact for DoD Combatant Commands in their interagency coordination.

Defense and Political-Military Planning

PPT is the institutional lead for Department of State participation in, and support to, Department of Defense strategic and operational plans. PPT ensures that Department of Defense plans fully consider, and are consonant with, U.S. foreign policy goals and objectives by coordinating Department of State participation in the Department of Defense’s strategic planning processes, including Quadrennial Defense Reviews and the development of the Guidance for the Employment of the Force. Through Promote Cooperation interagency planning events and other venues, State bureaus regularly provide input to combatant command theater campaign plans, contingency plans, and operational plans.

State Strategic Planning

PPT leads the PM Bureau’s implementation of the new State strategic planning process directed by the 2010 Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review. PPT, in coordination with all PM offices, develops the multi-year PM Functional Bureau Strategy, the annual PM Bureau Resource Request, and related resource analyses and budget justification documents. PPT also leads the Bureau’s participation in the development of regional bureaus’ three-year Joint Regional Strategies and the review of Posts’ Integrated Country Strategies. PPT guides the implementation of the “Achieving Peace and Security” performance goal in the Department of State and USAID Joint Strategic Plan, and contributes to relevant sections of the Department’s Congressional Budget Justification.

U.S. Global Defense Posture

PPT coordinates with the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Joint Staff, and Combatant Commands on political-military issues involving the system of forces, basing, and agreements that comprise U.S. global defense posture. PPT facilitates Department of State participation in the formulation and development of posture initiatives prioritization within theater campaign plans, theater posture plans, and overseas force structure changes; and works closely with PM’s Office of Security Negotiations and Agreements and with regional bureaus to facilitate host nation agreements, sensitivity studies, and notifications pertaining to U.S. overseas military presence. PPT also provides support to the PM Deputy Assistant Secretary as a seated member of the Global Posture Executive Council.

Security Sector Assistance/Assistance Roles and Missions

PPT ensures coordination and cohesion within State in crosscutting, interagency disciplines such as Security Sector Assistance (SSA) and Defense Institution Building. PPT supports SSA in conjunction with the security assistance accounts and programs it manages. PPT led the Department in interagency coordination with National Security Staff resulting in the signing on 5 April 2013 of Presidential Policy Directive 23 on Security Sector Assistance (PPD 23). PPD 23 outlines a new inclusive, deliberate approach to SAA activities and resources with the national security process. PPD 23 reaffirms the Department’s lead in policy, supervision, and general management of security sector assistance. PPT continues to play a leadership role in the implementation of PPD 23 through the interagency Security Sector Assistance Interagency Policy Committee, leading USG efforts to synchronize interagency regional plans for SSA under the PPD 23-directed Unified Approach; and supporting Department of State efforts to jointly assess, plan for, manage and monitor SSA.