U.S. State Department Officials, OSAC Leadership to Open Trading
On Thursday, September 2, representatives of the Department of State’s, Bureau of Diplomatic Security and American private sector security professionals will visit the New York Stock Exchange and ring the opening bell to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Overseas Security Advisory Council or OSAC.
OSAC is a public-private partnership under the U.S. State Department established to assist American businesses, academic institutions, and other organizations that work overseas in keeping their people and their facilities safe and secure.
Membership in OSAC is open to any interested U.S. private sector organization that has operations abroad.
“OSAC is a force multiplier for the security of U.S. businesses, schools, faith-based groups, and non-governmental organizations operating overseas,” said Jeffrey W. Culver, Director of the State Department’s Diplomatic Security Service and co-chair of OSAC. “It provides a forum for best practices to address today’s security challenges. From the Middle East to Asia to Africa, we see crime, terrorism, cyber threats, and natural disasters. OSAC works to ensure these and other situations do not adversely affect American businesses.”
“OSAC provides real-time global security information to more than 7,000 American partner constituents,” said David Schrimp, 3M Director of Corporate Security. “OSAC also provides critical information for emergency response, threat monitoring, actionable security information, and security assessments that can aid new market development.”
OSAC was the brainchild of former U.S. Secretary of State George P. Shultz. In 1985, a handful of chief executive officers from prominent American companies met with then-Secretary Shultz to promote cooperation between the American private sector worldwide and the U.S. Government on security issues.
In Haiti following the recent earthquake, OSAC was able to provide up-to-date information on evacuation routes, criminal activity, and options for entering the country to effectively deliver aid.
This July, suicide bombers rocked the Ugandan capital of Kampala during a FIFA World Cup game. OSAC provided information that helped security personnel decide whether and how to move their people and assets.
OSAC also was busy this year at both the Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver and the FIFA World Cup in South Africa helping corporate sponsors deal with a range of challenges, from gangs of petty theft criminals, to protesters, to traffic, and a variety of other threats.
The Bureau of Diplomatic Security is the U.S. Department of State’s law enforcement and security arm. The special agents, engineers, and security professionals of the Bureau are responsible for the security of 285 U.S. diplomatic facilities around the world. In the United States, Diplomatic Security personnel investigate passport and visa fraud, conduct personnel security investigations, and protect the Secretary of State and high-ranking foreign dignitaries and officials visiting the United States. More information about the U.S. Department of State and the Bureau of Diplomatic Security may be obtained at www.state.gov/m/ds.