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Time and time again, the Diplomatic Security Service’s (DSS) Antiterrorism Assistance (ATA) Program
has proven itself invaluable in the international fight against terrorism. This month, on DSS social media platforms, DSS has been highlighting ATA success stories from different hot spots around the world.
All of these stories represent only a handful of those compiled in the 2018-2019 ATA Retrospective [9 MB], released in June.

The report covers country-specific programs, training of policewomen, and the Special Program for Embassy Augmentation and Response (SPEAR) program, as well as a new ATA training initiative funded by the Department of Defense (DoD). Each topic includes multiple examples of how ATA instruction and equipment grants for foreign law enforcement in dozens of countries result in well-trained and better-equipped law enforcement professionals. These examples show how ATA training prepared them to meet terrorism-related challenges in their countries by disrupting attacks,apprehending suspects, and dealing with the aftermath of violent events.

The report also details a new facet of the U.S. Department of State’s relationship with DoD. With new authority under Section 333 of Title 10  in the U.S. Code,  DoD now funds, and ATA implements, certain counterterrorism training assistance to law enforcement and security agencies in designated partner nations. The retrospective highlights ATA’s first Section 333-funded initiative, ATA training of Kenyan Border Police in the use of unmanned aerial systems, also known as drones.

ATA is a pivotal program that ensures the United States and its partners are prepared for what lies ahead. The 2018-2019 ATA Retrospective [9 MB] puts the strengths of ATA on full display and demonstrates that ATA remains the U.S. government’s premier counterterrorism training program for our law enforcement partners abroad.

U.S. Department of State

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