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Date: 01/01/2016 Location: Washington, D.C. Description: The year 2016 marks a century since Secretary of State Robert Lansing appointed the U.S. Department of State's first special agents as part of World War I-era security measures. Today, the men and women of the Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) continue their work as part of a global force providing a safe and secure environment for the conduct of U.S. foreign policy.  - State Dept Image
The year 2016 marks a century since Secretary of State Robert Lansing appointed the U.S. Department of State’s first special agents as part of World War I-era security measures. Today, the men and women of the Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) continue their work as part of a global force providing a safe and secure environment for the conduct of U.S. foreign policy.  (U.S. Department of State graphic). 


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 Image
Explore 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 2015 Annual Report

Date: 06/06/2016 Description: Cover of Diplomatic Security 2015 Year in Review showing faces of DS personnel. (U.S. Department of State image) - State Dept Image

Learn more about the Bureau of Diplomatic Security in the 2015 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: 03/08/2016 Description: Cover of Diplomatic Security's ''Political Violence Against Americans 2014'' report with an Associated Press photo of the aftermath of a February 10, 2014 vehicle suicide bombing in eastern Kabul that claimed the lives of two U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) contractors and seven Afghan civilians.  - State Dept Image

Read the 2014 edition of Diplomatic Security's Political Violence Against Americans report.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 


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