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Date: 11/22/2014 Location: Vienna, Austria Description: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (seated at table) speaks via mobile phone with Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird on November 22, 2014 about negotiations over Iran's nuclear program in a park in Vienna, Austria, where the talks were being held. Protecting the Secretary are (left to right) an Austrian police officer and four Diplomatic Security special agents.  (U.S. Department of State photo) - State Dept Image
In a Vienna park, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (seated at table) speaks via mobile phone with Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird on November 22, 2014, about negotiations over Iran's nuclear program. The talks were being held in the Austrian capital. Protecting the Secretary are (left to right) an Austrian police officer and four Diplomatic Security special agents.  (U.S. Department of State 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.

The Bureau 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 31 U.S. cities and more than 160 foreign countries, DS ensures that America can conduct diplomacy safely and securely. DS plays a vital role in protecting 275 U.S. diplomatic missions and their personnel overseas, securing critical information systems, investigating passport and visa fraud, and fighting the war on terror.


History of the Bureau of Diplomatic Security 
Date: 11/07/2011 Description: DS History images - State Dept ImageExplore the origins and read about the people and key moments of the Bureau of Diplomatic Security as presented in this official, comprehensive history.


Diplomatic Security 2013 Annual Report

Date: 05/05/2014 Location: Herat. Afghanistan Description: Cover of Diplomatic Security 2013 Year in Review showing members of a joint DS-FBI investigative team in ballistic-resistant vests and helmets recovering evidence from the blast crater of a truck bomb that exploded during the September 13, 2013, attack on the U.S. Consulate at Herat, Afghanistan. (U.S. Department of State photo) - State Dept Image

Learn more about the Bureau of Diplomatic Security in the 2013 DS Year In Review.

 

Significant Attacks 

Date: 05/05/2014 Description: Cover of Diplomatic Security's 2014 edition of ''Significant Attacks Against U.S. Diplomatic Facilities and Personnel'' showing a Department of State Great Seal and a U.S. flag waving in the background. - State Dept Image

Read the 2014 edition of Diplomatic Security's Significant Attacks Against U.S. Diplomatic Facilities and Personnel.

DS History Photos

Date: 1917 Description: 1917: The first Chief Special Agent of the U.S. Department of State, Joseph M. Nye, is appointed by U.S. Secretary of State Robert Lansing in 1917 and serves until 1920. His principal duty initially is to monitor enemy diplomatic activities in Washington and to protect foreign dignitaries visiting the United States, during the period of the First World War. (Source: Library of Congress) © Library of Congress

View the "Diplomatic Security Pictorial History," a collection of photos depicting key moments and people in DS's history.

 

Political Violence Against AmericansDate: 07/16/2014 Description: Cover of the Burau of Diplomatic Security's Political Violence Against Americans - 2013 - State Dept Image

Read the 2013 edition of Diplomatic Security's Political Violence Against Americans report.

 

 
 


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