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The Diplomatic Security Service’s (DSS) Antiterrorism Assistance (ATA) program provides U.S. government antiterrorism training and equipment to law enforcement agencies of partner nations throughout the world. Since its creation in 1983, ATA has delivered counterterrorism training to more than 150,000 law enforcement officials and first responders from more than 150 countries.

ATA helps partner nations build critical counterterrorism skills through:

  • Training courses
  • Consultations
  • Mentorships
  • Seminars and equipment relevant to investigations

In topics relating to:

  • Border security
  • Protection of critical targets
  • Leadership and management
  • Regional coordination and cooperation
  • Critical incident response and management
  • Cyber-security

As terrorist networks continue to adjust their tactics and strategies, ATA adapts and refines its counterterrorism training initiatives to meet evolving threats.

The ATA program helps our partners deal with security challenges within their borders, defend against threats to national and regional stability, and deter terrorist operations across borders and regions.

All ATA courses emphasize the importance of the rule of law and respect for human rights.

DSS administers the program and delivers the training and equipment, while the Department of State’s Bureau of Counterterrorism funds the program, makes ATA-related policy, and provides strategic guidance and oversight.

Download the ATA Retrospective 2018-2019

U.S. Department of State

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