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Diplomacy in Action

Helping Other Nations Fight Terrorism


The war against international terrorism is one that the United States cannot wage alone. Through the Antiterrorism Assistance Program (ATA), DS arranges for training in the United States and abroad for civilian security personnel from friendly governments in police procedures focused on terrorism. Since the program's inception in 1983, more than 36,000 foreign students from over 130 countries have received training in bomb detection, crime scene investigations, airport and building security, maritime security, and dignitary protection. These officials are now better prepared to fight terrorism and protect Americans overseas in times of crisis. DS has received numerous stories from foreign police officers who have used their ATA training successfully to counter terrorist situations in their countries. To learn more about the Antiterrorism Assistance Program, please visit: www.diplomaticsecurity.org

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