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 ImageThe Bureau of Political-Military Affairs (PM), headed by Principal Deputy 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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To walk the earth in safety (2016)

Acting Under Secretary Countryman (Nov. 17): "This is a powerful report. It chronicles the progress that we have made in reducing the global threat posed by landmines and other conventional weapons." Full Text» Report» Fact Sheet» Media Note» DipNote»

Memorandum of Understanding With Israel
Date: 2016 Description: An Israeli Air Force F-16 in flight. © AP Image

The United States and Israel reaffirm the importance of continuing annual U.S. military assistance to Israel and cooperative missile defense programs in a way that enhances Israel’s security and strengthens the bilateral relationship between our two countries. Full Text»

Joint Declaration for Export & Subsequent Use of Armed or Strike-Enabled Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
Date: 01/31/2010 Description: In this Jan. 31, 2010 file photo, an unmanned U.S. Predator drone flies over Kandahar Air Field, southern Afghanistan, on a moon-lit night. - State Dept Image

Oct. 5: 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» Joint Statement»

PM helps Iraq Save Lives Through Conventional Weapons Destruction
Date: 11/20/2015 Description: Iraqi demining technicians testing equipment © MAG International

The United States has invested more than $280 million in Iraq since 2003 toward the clearance and safe disposal of landmines, unexploded ordnance, and excess conventional weapons and munitions. DipNote» Fact Sheet» PM/WRA»

U.S. Security Cooperation With Iraq
Date: 05/27/2015 Description: Iraqi army soldiers celebrate during a training mission outside Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, May 27, 2015. © AP Image U.S. security cooperation activities are increasing the Iraqi Security Forces’ capability to respond to threats and conduct counter-terrorism operations against ISIL, while supporting the long-term development of a modern, accountable, and professional Iraqi military capable of defending Iraq and its borders. Fact Sheet»
White House Announces Updated Conventional Arms Transfer Policy

After a two-year comprehensive review, the President approved this update to ensure that our conventional arms transfer policies support 21st century national security and foreign policy objectives. White House Fact Sheet» Full Text» DipNote»

Export Control Reform Update

The U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Department of Commerce, and the U.S. Department of Defense continue making strong progress toward implementation of the President’s Export Control Reform Initiative (ECR). Fact Sheet» Testimony» More»

U.S. Security Cooperation With Jordan
Date: 01/12/2016 Description: Jordan Armed Forces soldiers provide security for Syrian refugees. © Air National Guard Capt. Darin Overstreet

While U.S.-Jordanian security cooperation dates back to the late 1960s, today our partnership is more vital than ever. Fact Sheet» DipNote»

PM Promotes Best Practices in Peacekeeping
Date: 12/13/2015 Description: Carabinieri Commanding General Tullio Del Sette presents the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs' Michael Smith with a plaque thanking PM for 10 years of partnership with the Centre of Excellence for Stability Police Units. - State Dept Image

The Global Peace Operations Initiative partners with Italy’s Centre of Excellence for Stability Police Units to help meet growing global demand for peacekeepers. DipNote» GPOI»