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THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL

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MARCH 2017

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the private sector, OSAC is the

U.S. government’s premier

private-sector partnership

institution to promote security

cooperation and coordina-

tion between the government

and American private-sector

interests worldwide. Based in

Washington, D.C., and chaired

by DS, OSAC has more than 4,500 constituents, including U.S.

companies, educational institutions, faith-based institutions and

nongovernmental organizations. It also operates 151 country

councils around the world, five regional councils and seven

sector-specific working groups.

OSAC is well-established and highly regarded; its constituents

share information and best practices to promote security for

American companies and citizens living and working abroad.

Both through its leadership within OSAC and its global network,

DS is the federal agency best equipped to help Americans abroad

prepare for and respond to current and emerging threats.

Law Enforcement, Security and Military

Coordination

DS coordinates all U.S. law enforce-

ment and security activities at such

international events as the Olympics

(including the Paralympics and Special

Olympics) and the World Cup, and is the

senior U.S. government security liaison

to each host government. Senior DS

agents are already actively planning for

and coordinating U.S. government law

enforcement and security support for the

2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea

and the 2018 World Cup in Russia. During

each event, working alongside their local

counterparts, DS agents and personnel

protect U.S. athletes, VIP delegations and

venues, and operate an in-country, 24/7,

joint operations center for the interagency

community.

DOD recognizes law enforcement as

an instrument of national power, and

translates that support into action by

maintaining embedded liaisons from fed-

eral law enforcement agencies, including

DS, at various combatant com-

mand headquarters. Assigned

to the office of the State

Department’s political adviser

to the combatant commander,

DS liaison agents provide an

important link to the global

RSO network and, through

them, to host-government law

enforcement and security contacts with whom RSOs and their

Locally Employed national investigators are closely tied.

DS liaison agents are a much-valued law enforcement

resource for our military colleagues. The timely insights RSOs

share with combatant commands—through the DS liaison

agents—have been critical in shaping and enabling military sup-

port operations.

Policy Development

Another important measure of the emergence of law enforce-

ment as an instrument of national power is the involvement

of U.S. federal law enforcement agencies, including DS, in

The bureau’s central mission

is to foster a safe and

secure environment for U.S.

diplomatic activities.

During a high-threat operations course in 2014, DSS special agents practice securing

a helicopter landing site in the event embassy staff need to be swiftly evacuated. The

10-week course also prepares agents for a wide range of security situations affecting

diplomacy in high-threat locations.

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