The Department of State A 3-D Perspective. Steven Goodwin Director Strategy & Operations Division Institute for National Strategic Studies Wednesday, July 15, 2009. Diplomats Defined.
Strategy & Operations Division
Institute for National Strategic Studies
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
“The function of a diplomatic envoy, since the 18th century, has been twofold – to observe and report to his government all which may concern it...and to affect the course of events in favor of his own country.”
“A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman's birthday but never remembers her age.” ~Robert Frost
“I must acknowledge, once and for all, that the purpose of diplomacy is to prolong a crisis.” ~Star Trek, Mr. Spock
Advance freedom for the benefit of the American people and the international community by helping to build and sustain a more democratic, secure, and prosperous world composed of well-governed states that respond to the needs of their people, reduce widespread poverty, and act responsibly within the international system.
U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is an independent federal government agency that receives overall foreign policy guidance from the Secretary of State.
USAID supports long-term and equitable economic growth and advances U.S. foreign policy objectives by supporting:
Declared Disasters: 81
DOD Disaster Response: 10 (~12%)
Is it Venus and Mars?
Foreign Service: 11,000
Civil Service: 8,000
FSNs (Local): 10,000
TOTAL: 29,000The Numbers Game Part 1:Personnel
99 : 1
Does Not Include Contractors
(additional $37 Billion for assistance programs)Numbers Game Part 2: Operating Budgets
39 : 1
Plans in Great Detail
Long Term View
Talks About Doing
Tyranny of the UrgentVenus and Mars
Walter Reed (or akin)
A group of buildings
Guards at the Embassy
Medical ProfileSupport Networks
Civilian Agency Operations Abroad
Department of State has primary responsibility for coordinating the USG response to non-military incidents that could have an adverse impact on the conduct of U.S. foreign relations
-- Presidential Directive/NSC-27
(PD-27) January 19, 1978
State Operations Center
TF Director (DAS - Level)
(REGIONAL DAS )
TF Mission: Expedite Communication
TASK FORCE STAFF AUGMENTED BASED ON NATURE OF CRISIS
Mission: To lead, coordinate and institutionalize U.S. Government civilian capacity to prevent or prepare for post-conflict situations, and to help stabilize and reconstruct societies in transition from conflict or civil strife, so they can reach a sustainable path toward peace, democracy and a market economy.
DOS, USAID, DOC, HHS, DOJ, DHS, USDA, & Treasury
“What’s the difference between the diplomat and the warrior?
They both do nothing, but the warrior gets up very early in the morning to do it with great discipline, while diplomats do it late in the afternoon, in utter confusion.”
LTG(ret.) Vernon Walters
former Ambassador to the UN & Germany
“Defense is from Mars
State is from Venus,”
Col. Rickey L. Rife
Army War College, 1998