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Bureau of Diplomatic Security

Definition/Scope: The Bureau of Diplomatic Security is sometimes refered to as the Diplomatic Securty Service, DSS. However, the DSS is a subunit of the DS. The Bureau of Diplomatic Security, more commonly known as Diplomatic Security, or DS, is the security and law enforcement arm of the U.S. Department of State. DS performs international investigations, threat analysis, cyber security, counterterrorism, security technology, and protection of people, property, and information. DS’s mission overseas is to ensure that foreign policy is carried out in a safe and secure environment. DSS also performs investigations concerning passport fraud, and visa fraud. DSS Special Agents also investigate such cases as international parental kidnapping, violations of the Protect Act, assaults on federally protected persons, fugitive arrests overseas (with host nation assistance), Counterterrorism and Counterintelligence (CI) investigations. As the Department of State’s security and law enforcement arm, the Bureau of Diplomatic Security does not formulate foreign policy. The DS is to provide a safe and secure environment for the conduct of U.S. foreign policy.

Used For:

Diplomatic Security Service



Broader Terms:

Secretary of State
State Department

Narrower Terms:

Antiterrorism Assistance Program
Defense Security Service
Diplomatic Security Service

Related Terms:

law enforcement
Overseas Security Advisory Council
regional security officer
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