The regional security office manages a range of physical, cyber, and personnel security programs to reduce threats to U.S. embassies and consulates and State Department personnel.
Marine Security Guards
Under the direction of regional security officers, RSOs U.S. Marine Security Guards (MSGs) help secure U.S. embassies and consulates. MSGs protect classified information and equipment, secure diplomatic facilities overseas, and help evacuate U.S. citizens during times of crisis.
RSOs lead and manage a worldwide force of tens of thousands of local guards — usually citizens of the host nation — who serve as the first line of defense against potential threats and secure the exterior of U.S. embassies and consulates. These guards patrol the grounds; inspect vehicles, visitors, and packages; and respond to alarms and requests for assistance.
Security Engineering Officers
Security engineering officers are highly skilled engineers who use electronic and mechanical security systems to protect State Department facilities and personnel around the world from technical espionage, acts of terrorism, and and other threats. [Read More]
Security Technical Specialists
Security technical specialists (STSs) maintain and repair technical security systems and equipment to protect State Department personnel, information, and facilities around the world.
Seabees assist the security engineering officers at U.S. embassies and consulates with the installation and maintenance of specialized equipment including closed-circuit TV cameras, alarm systems, electromagnetic door locks, and vehicle barriers. [Read More]
Special Program for Embassy Augmentation Response (SPEAR)
The Special Program for Embassy Augmentation Response (SPEAR) enhances the security of U.S. diplomatic posts in high-threat, high-risk environments by training law enforcement and security personnel in host nations to better respond to emergencies at U.S. diplomatic facilities. [Read More]