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Gentry O. Smith
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Countermeasures
Bureau of Diplomatic Security
Term of Appointment: 10/26/2009 to present

Gentry O. Smith became Deputy Assistant Secretary (DAS) and Assistant Director for Countermeasures on October 26, 2009. He holds the rank of Minister Counselor in the Senior Foreign Service.

As the Countermeasures DAS, Mr. Smith supervises development of the Overseas Security Policy Board security standards and Department of State policies associated with the physical and technical security of U.S. diplomatic missions around the world.

He is responsible for the Office of Security Technology, which assists in providing a safe and secure environment through the application and use of appropriate technical security countermeasures, and the Office of Physical Security Programs, which directs and develops worldwide physical security standards, policies, procedures, and guidelines for protecting personnel, facilities, and national security information.

Mr. Smith is also responsible for the Diplomatic Courier Service, whose personnel provide secure and expeditious delivery of classified material to U.S. diplomatic missions globally.

Previously, Mr. Smith served as Director of the Office of Physical Security Programs. He has also served as the Regional Security Officer at U.S. Embassy Tokyo, Japan, and at U.S. Embassy Rangoon, Burma. He also served as a security officer and as Deputy Regional Security Officer during two separate tours at U.S. Embassy Cairo, Egypt.

Mr. Smith is the recipient of several Department of State honors and awards. He has served as a guest lecturer to the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs Security Officers Course, the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department, and the Virginia Homicide Investigators Association.

Mr. Smith entered service with the Department of State in 1987 and joined the ranks of the Senior Foreign Service in 2006.

December 3, 2013


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