Sat. Jul 13th, 2024
Departure of Assistant Secretary for Political-Military Affairs Jessica Lewis
Departure of Assistant Secretary for Political-Military Affairs Jessica Lewis

Assistant Secretary for Political-Military Affairs Jessica Lewis will be stepping down from her position this month after nearly three years of serving the Department with distinction.

During a time of tectonic change, Jessica has helped lead a collective reassessment on how the Department can best provide security assistance to build resilient, effective partnerships that are responsive to current and emerging threats.  Under her leadership, the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs has provided $51.4 billion of U.S. security assistance to Ukraine, surged assistance to Israel in the wake of the October 7 attacks, furnished Taiwan with billions of dollars in military equipment to enhance its self-defense capabilities, and launched the first Taiwan Foreign Military Financing program.  Jessica streamlined defense trade with our AUKUS partners and oversaw the completion of a record number of security cooperation agreements with critical partners and Allies.  Her vision for transitioning countries away from Russian defense articles helped contribute to the modernization of militaries on NATO’s Eastern Flank as well as other countries around the world.

Through decades of work in the executive branch and on Capitol Hill, Jessica has demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to public service. Her efforts have made our country safer and more secure. I’m grateful to have had her on my team and I wish her well as she returns to private life.

 

Official news published at https://www.state.gov/departure-of-assistant-secretary-for-political-military-affairs-jessica-lewis/

originally published at Politics - JISIP NEWS