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MARCH 2017


Power,” D

S Agent Ronnie Catipon offers

an overview of the many responsibilities of

Diplomatic Security at home and abroad.


“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 community

member 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-

vice Journal

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.



Protecting Diplomacy



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

classifiedmaterial—Diplomatic Security

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 DS

Bill 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