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THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL

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MARCH 2017

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mand Center is a critical component

during the planning and execution of

national security missions overseas. The

Command Center serves as the conduit

of information to the bureau, enabling

it to make timely and well-informed

decisions.

We also have long recognized that

those who target the United States

overseas do not focus exclusively on the

U.S. government. American businesses

and private-sector groups also work in

dangerous environments. For more than

three decades, Diplomatic Security’s

Overseas Security Advisory Council has worked closely around

the globe with the U.S. private sector—companies, non-govern-

mental groups, faith-based organizations and academics—on

real-time threat reporting, sharing information and in-depth

security assessments.

Although there is no way to definitively know what threats we

might face, fromwhat actors, or even where such attacks might

unfold, DS is prepared to be at the forefront of protecting Ameri-

cans and American interests wherever they are challenged, just

as we have done for the past century.

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Special agents monitor world events and overseas security from inside the Diplomatic

Security Command Center in April 2014. Today the Command Center is a 24/7/365 facility

with the ability to electronically monitor all U.S. diplomatic facilities around the globe.

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