Bureau of Diplomatic Security

 

Date: 11/21/2010 Location: Kabul, Afghanistan Description: Members of Afghanistan's Presidential Protective Service practice firing M-4 rifles on the firearms range at the Anti-Terrorism Assistance Program's Camp Watan, Kabul, Afghanistan, on November 21, 2010. - State Dept Image

Members of Afghanistan's Presidential Protective Service (PPS) practice shooting M-4 rifles on the range at the Anti-Terrorism Assistance Program's Camp Watan in Kabul, Afghanistan, on November 21, 2010. The Bureau of Diplomatic Securtiy established Camp Watan to build the capabilities of the PPS after the first assassination attempt on Afghan President Hamid Karzai in 2002, and the first PPS class of 52 Afghans graduated in January 2003. Since then, DS has built a cadre of Afghan professionals representing various tribal and ethnic backgrounds dedicated to protecting the Afghani president. (U.S. Department of State photo)


The Bureau of Diplomatic Security (DS) is the security and law enforcement arm of the U.S. Department of State. DS is a world leader in international investigations, threat analysis, cyber security, counterterrorism, security technology, and protection of people, property, and information.

Led by Eric J. Boswell, the Bureau of Diplomatic Security is responsible for providing a safe and secure environment for the conduct of U.S. foreign policy. Every diplomatic mission in the world operates under a security program designed and maintained by Diplomatic Security. In the United States, Diplomatic Security personnel protect the Secretary of State and high-ranking foreign dignitaries and officials visiting the United States, investigates passport and visa fraud, and conducts personnel security investigations. Operating from a global platform in 25 U.S. cities and 159 foreign countries, DS ensures that America can conduct diplomacy safely and securely. DS plays a vital role in protecting U.S. embassies and personnel overseas, securing critical information systems, investigating passport and visa fraud, and fighting the war on terror.


Diplomatic Security 2010 Annual Report

Date: 03/18/2011 Description: Cover photo of the 2010 Annual Report © 2010 Annual Report

DS History Photos


Date: 1917 Description: 1917: The first Chief Special Agent of the U.S. Department of State, Joseph M. Nye, is appointed by U.S. Secretary of State Robert Lansing in 1917 and serves until 1920. His principal duty initially is to monitor enemy diplomatic activities in Washington and to protect foreign dignitaries visiting the United States, during the period of the First World War. (Source: Library of Congress) © Library of Congress

Violence Against Americans

Date: 05/16/2011 Description: Cover of DS Political Violence Against Americans Report - State Dept Image

Learn more about the Bureau of Diplomatic Security in the 2010 DS Year In Review,

View the "Diplomatic Security Pictorial History," a collection of photos depicting key moments and people in DS's history.

Read the 2010 edition of Diplomatic Security's Political Violence Against Americans.