Accelerating Vietnam’s transformation to a more democratic, better governed, and market-based economy is a priority for the United States. U.S. assistance will strengthen the rule of law and judicial independence, and promote a more vibrant civil society. U.S. assistance will also build the health sector’s ability to address HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and treatment, and the Avian and Pandemic Influenza. U.S. assistance will improve social services for vulnerable populations and promote higher education. The United States will also advance bilateral cooperation in dioxin remediation and address climate change and other environmental challenges. Finally, assistance programs will strengthen military-to-military cooperation, border security, and counterterrorism cooperation, and address unexploded remnants of war, counter-narcotics, and trafficking in persons.