THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
S Agent Ronnie Catipon offers
an overview of the many responsibilities of
Diplomatic Security at home and abroad.
In“The DS Melting Pot,”
Agent RJ Bent
Rabetsivahiny explores the varied path-
ways to DS and explains how the diversity
of cultural background and experience
among her colleagues makes DS stronger.
Freelance writer and FS communitymember Donna Gorman, in “DS: The Road Ahead,” focuses on DS’ growth a
increased responsibility since 9/11, and
the implications for DS members and their
families. She discusses the policy, hiring
and training challenges, as well as the bid-
ding puzzles, with a note on the particular
difficulties for tandems.
On behalf of the FSJ Editorial Board
and staff, I offer special thanks to Vince
Crawley, currently of the DS Public Affairs
Office, for all his help with photos and with
wrangling of article drafts and clearances.
I close with a pitch to AFSAmembers in
the various foreign affairs agencies: Please
consider joining the FSJ Editorial Board
when spots open up this summer. Volun-
teer service on the board is fun (really!),
and the discussions are always lively and
interesting (and we provide good food).See p. 56 for details.
And remember that we are always
seeking submissions: features, reflections,
speaking-outs, letters and photos for Local
Lens. Nowmore than ever,
The Foreign Ser-
must remain a trusted vehicle
for discussion of diplomacy and issues of
concern to the Foreign Service, whether
that relates to work, life or foreign policy.
We look forward to hearing from you.
LETTER FROM THE EDITOR
BY SHAWN DORMAN
Shawn Dorman is the editor of
The Foreign Service Journal.
romprotecting the Secretary of
State on travel and in the United
States tomanaging the protection
of embassies and other U.S. mis-
sions overseas—the people, property and
personnel are on the front lines securing
and enabling the conduct of diplomacy.
Many inside the Foreign Service
community—andmost outside it—are
unaware of the extent and variety of critical
functions carried out by DS, and the partic-
ular challenges they face. This month, we
feature the people and the ever-evolving
role of DS on the occasion of its centennial.In “Securing Diplomacy for the Next Quarter-Century,” former Assistant Secr
tary of State for Diplomatic Security Greg
Starr sums up the critical issues facing
Diplomatic Security, and diplomacy more
broadly, this way: “If we want to continue
protecting our citizens by having a positive
influence in a dangerous world, we need to
find ways tomaintain a meaningful pres-
ence in increasingly unstable situations.”
Acting Assistant Secretary for DSBill Miller, in “DS at 100: A Tradition of Vigilance,” offers a brief history of DS
and its mission enabling and protecting
diplomacy. And, he explains the difference
between DS and DSS, which few people
are able to do clearly.
DS personnel are at work inmore
places around the
world than any other
U.S. law enforce-ment agency. In “Law Enforcement as an Instrument of National