Given the increased need for skills in diplomacy when dealing with volatile situations, especially in ungoverned areas of the world, the relationship between the State Department and the Navy is more important now than ever.
The U.S. Navy and the Department of State, as the government's forward-presence service and its lead foreign policy agency, have a historic and natural relationship. Since the days of John Paul Jones and Thomas Jefferson, Navy and State have worked in partnership beyond our borders, advancing our national interests and making America more secure. Owing to visionary leadership and remarkably similar views of the world, this partnership is now reaching new heights. From the planning tables of Washington conference rooms to security operations in the farthest reaches of the world, these two national security agencies are defining new and mutually supportive roles and establishing reinvigorated relevance in a chaotic and uncertain security environment.