Finland's security and defense policy is aimed at safeguarding the country's independence and society's fundamental democratic values and at promoting the security and welfare of all citizens. Finland's line of action is based on credible national defense, the functioning of society and a consistent foreign policy as well as a strong international position and an active participation as a member of the European Union. Sharing in the responsibility for international security and stability and peaceful change in line with shared values and principles is also an integral part of Finland's policy.
The main task of the Finnish Defence Forces is the military defense of Finland. In addition to this the Finnish Defence Forces prepare to support other national authorities, to provide assistance to another state, the EU or an international organization and to participate in international crisis management. The Defence Forces maintain and develop the capability to successfully perform tasks defined by the national foreign, security and defense policy. The capability comprises the capabilities of the Finnish Army, the Finnish Navy and the Finnish Air Force as well as the joint capabilities of the Defence Forces.
The strong defense relationship between the United States of America and the Finland is a pillar of stability in the Baltic Sea region and Northern Europe. Our countries are determined to enhance transatlantic security and bilateral defense cooperation and uphold the fundamental principles of international law and security in Europe. Addressing the full spectrum of global and regional security challenges requires close defense and military cooperation, and partnership between our countries.The Office of the Defence, Military, Naval and Air Attaché in Washington D.C. represents Finnish Defence Forces in the United States. The Office focuses on maintaining and enhancing the good defense partnership and improving defense cooperation between the United States and Finland. The Office promotes activities on a wide range of cooperation areas and is committed to work towards the objectives stated in bilateral and multilateral agreements.