U.S. efforts in support of global development, including our foreign assistance, are governed by the Presidential Policy Directive on Global Development that was signed on September 22, 2010. The directive recognizes that development is vital to U.S. national security and is a strategic, economic, and moral imperative for the United States. It calls for the elevation of development as a core pillar of American power and charts a course for development, diplomacy, and defense to mutually reinforce and complement one another in an integrated comprehensive approach to national security. It provides clear policy guidance to all U.S. Government agencies and enumerates the core objectives, operational model, and modern architecture we need to implement this policy.
The President’s approach to global development addresses the new strategic context faced by the United States through the following three pillars: