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Diplomatic Security

Given the rise in global terrorism and the unpredictability of political violence and crime, ensuring the security of U.S. personnel and facilities at overseas diplomatic posts has never been more challenging.

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U.S. personnel working overseas have faced increasing threats to their safety and security, including numerous attacks in high-threat, high-risk locations. The Department of State’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security is responsible for protecting people, information, and property at over 400 locations worldwide, countering threats from terrorism, political violence, crime, espionage, and visa and passport fraud.

The bureau has taken actions to secure diplomatic facilities, residences, schools, and transportation routes and to prepare Diplomatic Security agents and other officials for emergency situations. However, in each of these areas additional steps could be taken to enhance security. For example:


Key Physical Security Standards at a Notional Embassy
Key Physical Security Standards at a Notional Embassy
 


Examples of Bureau of Diplomatic Security Training Exercises
Examples of Bureau of Diplomatic Security Training Exercises

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Podcasts

Security of Diplomatic ResidencesThursday, July 9, 2015
Diplomatic Facility SecurityWednesday, June 25, 2014
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    • Michael Courts
    • Director, International Affairs and Trade
    • CourtsM@gao.gov
    • 202-512-8980