Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
June 14, 2013


Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs Beth McCormick will travel to France on June 16-19, to hold consultations on defense trade issues and join other senior U.S. Government officials to promote more than 250 U.S. companies exhibiting the latest aerospace technologies at the Paris Air Show.

In Paris, Deputy Assistant Secretary McCormick will join officials from the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. Department of Defense to advocate for overseas marketing efforts of U.S. companies bidding on defense contracts, engage with senior government officials to promote defense sales of particular importance to the United States, discuss how progress toward Export Control Reform is supporting our partners and allies, meet with representatives of participating U.S. companies, and consult with governments on broader strategic cooperation issues.

The U.S. Government helps promote U.S. businesses around the world in countless ways that don’t always get public attention. Under the Department’s Economic Statecraft initiative, we are ready to leverage our network of more than 200 embassies and consulates in support of U.S. industry. America’s economic renewal depends on the strength of the global economy – and the global economy depends on the strength of the American economy. Every day, our diplomats and commercial officers make work to promote U.S. companies wherever they operate – driving exports, creating jobs, and accelerating our economic renewal.

For further information on Deputy Assistant Secretary McCormick’s travel to the Paris Air Show, please contact David McKeeby in the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, Office of Congressional and Public Affairs at PM-CPA@state.gov, and follow the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs on Twitter, @StateDeptPM.



PRN: 2013/0730