Public Affairs Section
Public Affairs Officer: Heather E. Steil
The American Center
03106 Vilnius, Lithuania
Tel:(370-5) 266 5500
Fax:(370-5) 266 5510
The American Center is a part of the American Embassy in Lithuania, responsible for managing information, cultural and academic programs of the U.S. Government in support of American foreign policy objectives and greater mutual understanding between the U.S. and Lithuanian societies.
The American Center houses an Information Resource Center (IRC) and manages U.S. Government programs in the areas of Media relations, Cultural and academic programs/Exchanges, and Information resources.
Political and Economic Section
The Political Section observes and analyses political developments of relevance to U.S. interests occurring both within Lithuania and between Lithuania and other countries. The Political Section staff maintains official contact with Lithuanian government departments, political parties, and interested non-governmental organizations. These contacts are used to advocate policy consistent with U.S. interests, assess the degree of support for U.S. policies, and maximize cooperation with the Lithuanian government in areas of mutual concern. The Political Section’s analytical reporting of Lithuanian issues to the Department of State, along with its process of advocating U.S. positions to the Lithuanian government are integral elements in the formation and implementation of American foreign policy.
The Economic Section monitors economic developments within Lithuania and manages economic relations between the U.S. and Lithuania. The staff of the Economic Section maintains official contact with Lithuanian government in order to work on bilateral and international economic policy issues. The Section also reports on developments within the Lithuanian economy, facilitates U.S. exports to, and investment in Lithuania, and provides advocacy on behalf of U.S. businesses operating in Lithuania.
The Consular Section offers visa services and provides information and assistance to U.S. citizens in Lithuania. Consular Officer is David Warner.
- For visa related questions, please visit Visas page or contact Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Vilnius: firstname.lastname@example.org
U.S. Citizens Questions
Office of Defense Cooperation
Work hours: Monday to Friday 8:30 – 17:30
Closed on: Official Lithuanian and American holidays
Chief: LTC Christopher B. Chambliss
Deputy Chief: MAJ Sean M. Rufolo
Bilateral Affairs Officer: MAJ Gordon R. Kinneer
The U.S. Office of Defense Cooperation (ODC) Lithuania is a cohesive team of military and civilian professionals planning and executing all Security Assistance (SA), Defense Cooperation in Armaments (DCA), and other military-to-military programs in Lithuania. ODC Lithuania is responsible to the U.S. Ambassador to Lithuania and the Commander, U.S. European Command for administering these programs.
The U.S. Security Assistance program is comprised primarily of Foreign Military Sales of U.S. defense equipment, services, and training and the management of the Foreign Military Financing (FMF) and International Military Education and Training (IMET) grant funding.
Defense Cooperation in Armaments (DCA) includes support for the bilateral Acquisition and Cross-Servicing Agreement, assistance to logistics and technology cooperation programs, and support to U.S. companies seeking to do business in Lithuania.
Some of the key military-to-military programs that the ODC office administers are the Joint Contact Team Program, State partnership Program and defense environmental cooperation. The Bilateral Affairs Officer within the ODC manages these programs and coordinates with the Pennsylvania National Guard to execute the State Partnership Program.
Within the framework of the Ambassador’s Mission Performance Plan and EUCOM’s Theater Security Strategy, ODC Lithuania supports Lithuania’s military transformation to an expeditionary style force fully prepared to deploy in support of NATO and US operations around the world.
- To support Lithuania’s military transformation to an expeditionary style force fully prepared to deploy in support of NATO and US operations around the world
- To assist Lithuania with the Professional Development of their Officer and NCO corps
- To provide military procurement advice and assistance
- To promote the U.S. defense industry and U.S. defense business and investments in Lithuania
- To facilitate cooperation in the fields of military training, education and technology.