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Office of Strategic Planning and Outreach (ISN/SPO)

MISSION STATEMENT

This office engages in strategic thinking and conducts long-range planning, program analysis and evaluation, and outreach efforts in support of Department and USG international security priorities. It is responsible for coordinating with all T bureaus to ensure that existing policies and activities in the area of political-military affairs, international security and nonproliferation, and implementation of agreements in these areas reflect the dynamic security environment in which the Department operates and works to effectively shape the future security environment in furtherance of USG interests. This office also works to ensure that future activities of the T bureaus are aligned with the long-range strategic goals and objectives of the Department and USG. For ISN issue areas, this office works closely with and provides support to the Bureau of Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs with regard to public affairs matters, and to the Bureau of Legislative Affairs on Congressional relations. It engages in outreach efforts for ISN issue areas with appropriate experts in academia, the private sector, and the NGO community. The office manages the Secretary of State’s International Security Advisory Board (ISAB).

Key missions of the office include:

International Security Advisory Board (ISAB):The officers serve as the ISAB Executive Directorate with the responsibility for the overall management and execution of the Secretary’s ISAB Board. The officers provide technical and administration support to the Board, and they are responsible for appointing members to the Board; planning the agenda for the plenary sessions; providing technical assistance to Task Forces; and submitting the recommendations of the Board to the Secretary, other State Department officials and other applicable government agencies. Officers are also responsible for maintaining ISAB minutes, files and records in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA).

International Security Policy, Program Analysis and Evaluation: Officers serve as sources of independent policy analysis on functional and regional international security issues and they work closely with all T bureaus and offices. Key functions include: 1) identifying and evaluating contemporary issues, gaps, emergent issues, trends, and conditions in international security (on both a functional and regional basis) and developing effective responses to the dynamic security environment and approaches to shaping that environment in furtherance of USG interests; 2) conducting analysis and providing independent advice, including drafting policy and strategy recommendations for the U/S and T Assistant Secretaries regarding current policies and activities affecting international security; 3) developing and chairing one or more Departmental or interagency working group "think tanks" on international security issues; 4) developing dialogues with key partner countries to discuss long-range planning issues; 5) facilitating relationships with academic and private sector stakeholders on key international security issues; and 6) conducting special projects on behalf of the U/S or T Assistant Secretaries.

Congressional Relations and Outreach:Officers are responsible for coordinating all congressional, public diplomacy, and public affairs activities for the ISN bureau. Key functions include: 1) developing and implementing a public outreach strategy for ISN in close coordination with R and PA; 2) developing relationships with media outlets and trade publications with an interest in ISN issues; 3) developing relationships with key Congressional staff and Congressional advisory committees; and 4) developing relationships with key NGO, private sector, and academic international security and nonproliferation stakeholders.

Bureau Performance Plan and Budget:Officers are responsible for drafting and coordinating the ISN bureau BPP submission as well as other budget documents and justifications. Key functions include: 1) making recommendations to the A/S on the organizational structure of ISN and its ability to meet objectives and produce desired results; and 2) directing resource priorities to ensure achievement of operational goals and efficient stewardship of financial resources.

Director: Brandon Buttrick


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