Department of State National Interests and Strategic Goals

National Security - To protect vital interests and secure peace; deter aggression; prevent, defuse, and manage crises; halt the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction; and advance arms control and disarmament.
  • Regional Stability - Ensure that local and regional instabilities do not threaten the security and well-being of the United States or its allies.
  • Weapons of Mass Destruction - Reduce the threat of Weapons of Mass Destruction.

Economic Prosperity - To expand exports and open markets, assist American Business, foster economic growth, and promote sustainable development.

  • Open Markets - Open world markets to increase trade and free the flow of goods, services and capital.
  • U.S. Exports - Expand U.S. exports to $1.2 trillion early in the 21st century.
  • Global Economic Growth - Increase global economic growth and stability.
  • Economic Development - Promote broad-based, sustainable growth in developing countries and transitional economies.

American Citizens and U.S. Borders - To protect American citizens abroad and safeguard the borders of the United States.

  • American Citizens - Protect the safety of American citizens who travel and live abroad.
  • Travel & Migration - Facilitate travel to the United States for foreign visitors, immigrants, and refugees, while deterring entry by those who abuse or threaten our system.

Law Enforcement - To combat international terrorism, crime, and narcotics trafficking.

  • Countering Terrorism - Reduce international terrorist attacks, especially on the United States and its citizens.
  • International Crime - Minimize the impact of international crime on the United States and its citizens.
  • Countering Illegal Drugs - Reduce the entry of illegal drugs into the United States.

Democracy - To support the establishment and consolidation of democracies, and uphold human rights.

  • Democracy & Human Rights - A worldwide community of democracies where human rights, including worker rights, and religious freedom are universally respected.

Humanitarian Response - To provide humanitarian assistance to victims of crises and disaster.

  • Humanitarian Assistance - Prevent or minimize the human costs of conflicts and natural disasters.

Global Issues: Environment, Population and Health - To improve the global environment, foster a healthy and educated world population, and protect human health.

  • Environment - Secure a sustainable global environment to protect U.S. citizens and interests from the effects of international environmental degradation.
  • Population - Achieve a healthy and educated world population.
  • Health - Improve global health for a more secure world.

Diplomatic Activities:

  • Mutual Understanding - Improve and strengthen the international relations of the United States by promoting better mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the peoples of the world through educational and cultural exchange.
  • Human Resources - An optimum number, distribution, and configuration of the Department's workforce both domestic and overseas under the highest quality leadership employed in response to the foreign policy priorities identified in the strategic plan.
  • Information Resources - Fully modernized, secure, and advantageous IT infrastructure and information systems, relying largely on commercial services and approaches, supporting the mission of the Department of State and the international community.
  • Infrastructure and Operations - Establish and maintain infrastructure and operating capabilities that enable employees to pursue policy objectives and respond to crises.