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Bureau of Diplomatic Security

Date: 01/15/2009 Description: Montage of Diplomatic Security personnel in action. State Dept Photo

The Bureau of Diplomatic Security (DS) is the security and law enforcement arm of the U.S. Department of State. DS is a world leader in international investigations, threat analysis, cyber security, counterterrorism, security technology, and protection of people, property, and information.

Led by Eric J. Boswell, the Bureau of Diplomatic Security is responsible for providing a safe and secure environment for the conduct of U.S. foreign policy.

Every diplomatic mission in the world operates under a security program designed and maintained by Diplomatic Security. In the United States, Diplomatic Security personnel protect the Secretary of State and high-ranking foreign dignitaries and officials visiting the United States, investigates passport and visa fraud, and conducts personnel security investigations.

Operating from a global platform in 25 U.S. cities and 159 foreign countries, DS ensures that America can conduct diplomacy safely and securely. DS plays a vital role in protecting U.S. embassies and personnel overseas, securing critical information systems, investigating passport and visa fraud, and fighting the war on terror.


Diplomatic Security 2007 Annual Report Now Available

Cover of 2007 Diplomatic Security Year In Review.Learn more about the Bureau of Diplomatic Security in the 2007 DS Year In Review, now available online.


  
Highlights

Top Private-Sector Security Concerns in 2008

Terrorism loomed large as one of the top security concerns of 2008 for U.S. businesses, nongovernmental organizations and academic institutions operating overseas, according to private sector constituents of the Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC).


Sex Offender Gets Additional Prison Time for Passport Fraud

Photo of prison cell block.A federal judge adds
a year and a half to the prison sentence of a convicted sex offender who admitted to obtaining a fraudulent U.S. passport to flee the country.


OSAC Inaugurates Program To Promote Private Sector Security In Asia
The U.S. Department of State's Overseas Security Advisory Council, whose daily operations are administered by the Bureau of Diplomatic Security, launches a new initiative to promote safety and security for U.S. private-sector organizations in the Pan-Asia region.


DS Plays Key Role in Rescue of Kidnapped Child In Guatemala
DS special agents in the Regional Security Office in Guatemala City provide Guatemalan anti-kidnapping police with critical information that leads to the safe return of a kidnapped 3-year-old American citizen.



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