Office of Defense Cooperation

The U.S. Office of Defense Cooperation (ODC) Bulgaria is responsible to the U.S. Ambassador to Bulgaria and the Commander, U.S. European Command for administering all Security Assistance and certain military to military programs in Bulgaria.

Security Assistance includes 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.

The Office of Defense Cooperation (ODC) is responsible for promoting, developing, coordinating and executing the following programs with the Republic of Bulgaria:

FMF provides grant assistance to eligible partner nations to purchase U.S. defense articles, services, and training.  These grants are designed to assist Bulgaria in its efforts to support deployable, expeditionary, interoperable forces to NATO and coalition military operations.

The International Military Education and Training (IMET) program provides grant assistance for training in the US and in some cases in overseas facilities to selected foreign military and civilian personnel.

The goals of IMET are to:

  • Train future leaders
  • Create a better understanding of the United StatesEstablish a rapport between US military and the Bulgarian military to build alliances for the future
  • Enhance interoperability and capabilities for Joint Operations
  • Focus on Professional Military Education
  • Allow Bulgaria to use their National Funds to receive a reduced cost for other DoD education and training
  • Provide English Language Training assistance

he purpose of the program is to help key partner nations cooperate with the US in the fight against international terrorism by providing education and training on a grant basis to foreign military and civilian personnel.  The objective is to bolster the capacity of friends and allies to detect, monitor, interdict, and disrupt the activities of terrorist networks, ranging from weapon trafficking and terrorist-financing to actual operational planning by terrorist groups.

The goals of CTFP:

  • Educate and train mid- and senior-level partner defense and security officials
  • Build and strengthen a global network of Combating Terrorism (CbT) experts and practitioners at the operational and strategic levels
  • Build and reinforce the CbT capabilities of partner nations through operational and strategic level education
  • Contribute to efforts to counter ideological support to terrorism
  • Provide a flexible and proactive program to respond to emerging CbT requirements

The George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies is a renowned international security and defense studies institute that promotes dialogue and understanding among the nations of North America, Europe and Eurasia.  Supported bilaterally by the governments of the United States and Germany, the Marshall Center boasts an international faculty and staff with representatives from 10 partner nations.

The Center contributes to security cooperation throughout the region with tailored, professional education and research, dialogue, and the persistent, thorough, and thoughtful examination of issues that confront our nations today and in the years ahead. Those who go to the Marshall Center have an opportunity to identify common values, create transnational friendships, work toward common understandings, and build a more peaceful and cooperative political and security environment throughout the region.

Provides useful avenues to build relationships between US service components and Bulgarian units.  M2M events allow U.S. and Bulgarian military units to exchange ideas and discuss techniques and procedures employed during operations.  This increases our ability to work together as allies and partners.

The State Partnership Program encompasses all the military activities between the Bulgarian Armed Forces and the State of Tennessee, especially the Tennessee National Guard.  It includes a wide range of military exchanges, joint deployments in Afghanistan, and cooperative disaster relief activities.  The total number of the events conducted since the program’s inception in 1993 exceeds 1000.

The Humanitarian assistance (HA) program is designed to build capacity while addressing a humanitarian need.  The HA Program is a unique tool which offers the ability to promote regional  stability and security.  Since 1996, more than 55 projects valued at more than $7M have been implemented under the HA program in Bulgaria.

ODC Contacts


Chief ODC: LTC David M. Knox

Deputy Chief ODC: LCDR Athanasios R. Varvoutis

Bilateral Affairs Officer: MAJ Bradley L. McMahan

Operations Manager: TSgt Anne-Judith V. Sluga

Host-Nation Legal Advisor: Mariya Zhelyazkova

VAT Clerk: Lili Bachvarova

Training Program Manager and Budget Analyst: Emilia Jeliazkova

Office Assistant: Desislava Pavlova

Fax number:       +359 2 939 5680

Phone number:  +359 2 939 5662


M2M and GCMC Program Coordinator/Translator: Petya R. Yordanova

M2M and HA Program Coordinator/Admin Assistant: Vesela A. Terzieva

Operation Assistant: Todor Blagoev Matuski

Fax number:      +359 2 988 86 18

Phone number: +359 2 988 87 25