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Robert A. Hartung
Deputy Assistant Secretary and Assistant Director for Threat Investigations and Analysis
Bureau of Diplomatic Security
Term of Appointment: 04/14/2014 to present
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Robert A. Hartung was named Deputy Assistant Secretary on April 14, 2014. He also serves as Assistant Director for Diplomatic Security’s Threat Investigations and Analysis Directorate. In this capacity, Mr. Hartung oversees all Diplomatic Security programs that analyze, assess, investigate, and disseminate information on threats directed against U.S. diplomatic personnel overseas and domestically. Similarly, he is responsible for the Overseas Security Advisory Council, a public-private partnership that promotes the sharing of security information between the U.S. Department of State and American private sector organizations with operations and personnel abroad. His office also provides oversight for the Rewards for Justice program, the U.S. Government's premier public anti-terrorism rewards program.

Mr. Hartung previously headed up the Threat Investigations and Analysis Directorate from June 22, 2010 until February 18, 2013, when he was named acting-Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Programs. In that position, he managed more than $1.2 billion in security assets and programs and thousands of personnel dedicated to protecting more than 285 overseas U.S. embassies and consulates.

He has served as the Regional Security Officer at the U.S. embassies in Bogota, Rome, and Vienna. His other overseas assignments include Deputy Regional Security Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Lima, and Assistant Regional Security Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Vienna.

Mr. Hartung has held a variety of domestic positions, including executive assistant to the Assistant Secretary of State for Diplomatic Security, chief of the Office of Professional Responsibility, assistant special agent in charge of the Houston Field Office, special agent with the Office of Counterintelligence, and special agent at the Washington Field Office.

Prior to joining DS as a special agent in 1985, Mr. Hartung worked as a staff assistant for former U.S. Senator Paul Trible of Virginia.

Mr. Hartung received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Virginia Tech. He also holds a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College.


June 2014



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