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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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