The Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) develops and implements specialized security training programs for the State Department personnel and other U.S., federal agencies; and provides security and law enforcement training programs to certain foreign government security and law enforcement personnel.
Foreign Affairs Security Training Center (FASTC)
This state-of-the-art training facility in Blackstone, Virginia provides hard-skills security training to the personnel from State Department, other law enforcement agencies, and the foreign affairs community.
Antiterrorism Assistance (ATA)
The Antiterrorism Assistance (ATA) program provides U.S. government antiterrorism training and equipment to law enforcement agencies of partner nations throughout the world.
Special Program for Embassy Augmentation Response (SPEAR)
The Special Program for Embassy Augmentation Response (SPEAR) enhances the security at U.S. embassies and consulates in high-threat locations by training host-nation law enforcement and security personnel to better respond to emergencies at U.S. embassies and consulates.
Mobile Security Deployments (MSD) Teams
Mobile Security Deployment (MSD) teams are the U.S. Department of State’s 24- hour, on-call, tactical response elements.
Technical Security Engineering (TSE)
Through its Office of Technical Security Engineering (TSE), DSS provides technical security training for U.S. Department of State security professionals.