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Strategic Goal 3

February 1, 2007


Disrupt terrorist efforts to use fraudulent travel documents through strengthening the capacities of foreign partners.

Building foreign partner capability is vital to the security of the United States and our foreign partners. Successfully defending the homeland is best accomplished when terrorists are apprehended before they even reach the United States. This can only occur if our foreign partners have the training, technical assistance, and legal institutions needed to combat terrorism. Consequently, it is essential to identify countries that require assistance to enhance their ability to target and disrupt terrorist travel, detect fraudulent travel documents, and effectively prosecute persons who violate foreign anti-fraud laws, false document vendors, and terrorists.

Image of hand holding four foreign passports. DEPARTMENT OF STATE PHOTO.DS has substantial experience in providing assistance to foreign partners engaged in the global war on terror. DS's Antiterrorism Assistance program (ATA) has generated notable success in training foreign law enforcement personnel. Training of foreign security personnel was conducted in Greece and Italy prior to the 2004 and 2006 Olympic Games. Extensive DS law enforcement and security training also has benefited such volatile countries as Afghanistan, Haiti, and Liberia. In 2006 alone, the ATA program sponsored 269 courses and technical consultations and trained approximately 4,600 students from 77 countries. Since its inception more than 20 years ago, ATA has trained some 55,000 students from 150 countries. Training curricula are tailored to the specific needs of the country and include courses such as Cyber-Terrorism, Airport Security, and Border Control. DS's ability to interact with police, immigration, and border authorities worldwide-coupled with extensive knowledge of foreign criminal justice systems and regional trends-places DS in a unique position to assess vulnerabilities in our foreign partners' efforts to combat terrorist travel.

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Table of Contents

Mission Statement | Introductory Letter From Assistant Secretary Griffin | The Bureau of Diplomatic Security: A Brief History | Visa and Passport Fraud: An Overview | Introduction | Strategic Goal 1 | Strategic Goal 2 | Strategic Goal 3 | Conclusion | Appendix: Operation Triple X 

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