Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of African Affairs Johnnie Carson Testifies on “The Evolving Security Situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Implications for U.S. National Security” before the House Armed Services Committee in Washington, D.C. on December 20, 2012. [Go to for as-prepared remarks.]

Deputy Secretary of State Tom Nides delivers keynote remarks at a forum on “A Unified Security Budget for the United States” at the Center for American Progress on August 31, 2011.

Ten Things You Should Know About the State Department and USAID
Harry S. Truman Building, State Department headquarters, Washington, DC, Mar. 9, 2009. [AP File]

About the Author: Thomas R. Nides serves as Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources.

Do you ever wonder what the State Department and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) do every day and what it means for you?

In the eight months since I joined the State Department, I’ve learned firsthand about the important and wide ranging work done by the women and men who work here and around the world to enhance our national and economic security. We help train the Mexican National Police forces who battle violent drug gangs just south of our border, and we serve alongside our military in Iraq and Afghanistan. We negotiate trade agreements and promote U.S. exports by reducing barriers to commerce.

Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates used to say that the Department… more »