THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
based in East Africa, and the Overseas Security Advisory Coun-
cil coordinated security guidance and information to the U.S.
private sector. Finally, at the policy level, the DS agent detailed
to the National Security Council played a critical role coordinat-
ing DS and National Security Council efforts.
The 2015 Global Entrepreneurship Summit was a success
on many levels for many reasons. For DS, facilitating a safe and
secure summit to realize a U.S. national security objective had
been the priority mission. The summit’s success was a power-
ful reminder of DS’s capability to operate effectively overseas,
and demonstrated that law enforcement is a key instrument of
national power, equal to the diplomatic, informational, military,
economic, financial and intelligence components.
The Evolution of DS Continues
Law enforcement—in particular, DS—is a key instrument for
the U.S. government. Its global presence, close ties to foreign
law enforcement and security partners, and support for U.S.
government activities worldwide all clearly illustrate its vital
A DS special agent (right) braces for a kick from a student
who visited U.S. Embassy Kabul in 2011 to learn self-defense
techniques. Another special agent (left rear) works with other
students during the exercises.