Presidential Policy Directive 30: Directive on United States Nationals Taken Hostage Abroad and Personnel Recovery Efforts [open pdf - 158KB]
"This Presidential Policy Directive (PPD), including its classified annex, supersedes and revokes NSPD--12 [National Security Presidential Directive], United States Citizens Taken Hostage Abroad, dated February 18, 2002, along with Annex 1 and Appendix A to NSPD--12, dated December 4, 2008. The policy directs a renewed, more agile United States Government response to hostage-takings of U.S. nationals and other specified individuals abroad. It establishes processes to enable consistent implementation of the policies set forth in this directive, to ensure close interagency coordination in order to employ all appropriate means to recover U.S. hostages held abroad, and to significantly enhance engagement with hostages' families. It also reaffirms the United States Government's personnel recovery policy, which seeks to prevent, prepare for, and respond to hostage-takings and other circumstances in which U.S. nationals are isolated from friendly support. This policy will thereby further important national security and foreign policy interests by strengthening the protections for U.S. nationals outside the United States."
Presidential Policy Directive 30; PPD 30
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