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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 Deployment (MSD) Teams

Mobile Security Deployment (MSD) teams augment the U.S. Secretary of State’s protective detail for trips to the most dangerous spots on the globe and prepare security personnel at embassies and consulates for everything from screening visitors to surviving a terrorist assault.

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