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The Bureau of Counterterrorism leads the Department of State in the whole-of-government effort to counter terrorism abroad and to secure the United States against foreign terrorist threats. Working with the National Security Staff, U.S. Government agencies, and other Department of State bureaus, the Bureau of Counterterrorism develops and implements counterterrorism strategies, policies, and operations. It oversees programs to counter violent extremism, strengthen homeland security, and build the capacity of partner nations to deal effectively with terrorism. The Bureau leads the U.S. Government in counterterrorism diplomacy and ensures U.S. foreign policy objectives are integrated into the formulation and execution of counterterrorism operations including related defense and homeland security policies and programs. It provides an on-call capability to respond to terrorist incidents worldwide. The head of the Bureau serves as the principal advisor to the Secretary of State on counterterrorism strategy, policy, operations, and programs.


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