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Douglas A. Allison
Deputy Assistant Secretary of State and Assistant Director for High Threat Programs
Bureau of Diplomatic Security
Term of Appointment: 04/14/2014 to present
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Douglas A. Allison was named Deputy Assistant Secretary of State and Assistant Director for High Threat Programs on April 14, 2014. Mr. Allison is responsible for evaluating, managing, and mitigating the security threats, as well as the direction of resource requirements at, high-threat diplomatic missions.

A Special Agent with more than 26 years of service with the Bureau of Diplomatic Security domestically and overseas, Mr. Allison also holds the rank of Minister Counselor.

He previously was Director of Diplomatic Security’s Office of Anti-Terrorism Assistance (ATA), which is responsible for training the security services of partner nations in counterterrorism skills and techniques.

Prior to his assignment in ATA, Mr. Allison served domestically as the Director for the Office of Overseas Protective Operations, the Office of Protection, the Diplomatic Security Training Center, and the Overseas Security Advisory Council.

Mr. Allison also has served in the Miami Field Office, on the Secretary of State's Protective Detail, in the Washington Field Office, and as the Special Assistant to the Director of the Diplomatic Security Service.

Overseas, he has served as Senior Regional Security Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan; Regional Security Officer in Rabat, Morocco; Regional Security Officer in Kampala, Uganda and Kigali, Rwanda; and Assistant Regional Security Officer in Ankara, Turkey.

Mr. Allison graduated from Bridgewater College with Bachelor’s degrees in Economics and Business Administration. He received a Master of Arts degree in International Commerce and Public Policy from George Mason University. He received a Master of Science degree in Strategic Resource Allocation from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, National Defense University. He is the recipient of several State Department awards, including Meritorious and Superior Honor awards and the Special Agent of the Year.


June 2014



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