The Foreign Service Journal - December 2013 - page 11

nterested in getting an insider’s perspective on the work of the Bureau
of Diplomatic Security? Check out
DS Wikipedia
, which bills itself as “an
unofficial wiki for both the Bureau of Diplomatic Security and the Diplomatic
Security Service—more commonly known as DS.”
The wiki’s purpose is to preserve historic information on DS in a form that
is publicly accessible and, in particular, to commemorate the sacrifices of DS-
affiliated personnel.
The “Bureau of Diplomatic Security Personnel Killed in Action” page is
the centerpiece of the wiki. The list includes not just direct-hire employees,
but local guard force casualties and security contractors killed in the line of
duty—categories that account for an overwhelming number of casualties.
There you’ll find the names of local guards killed in the 1983 Embassy Beirut
bombing, and in the terrorist attacks on our embassies in Nairobi and Dar es
Salaam in August 1998, as well as names through 2013.
Among other features, the wiki also documents “Host-Country Police Killed
in Action Defending U.S. Facilities” and “Diplomatic Security Service Special
Agent Heroism Award Recipients.” On a somewhat lighter note, there are lists
of “Diplomatic Security Service Agents Turned Author” and links to “Videos of
Diplomatic Security Bureau Mentions in Film and TV.”
—Steven Alan Honley, Editor
DS Wikipedia
Mindful of the massive waste and
fraud that occurred in the aftermath of
the Iraq War, in 2007 Congress created the
independent and objective oversight of
Afghanistan reconstruction activities.
SIGAR is headquartered in Arlington,
Va., but has an office in Kabul and a field
presence in multiple locations throughout
was sworn in
as Special Inspector General for Afghani-
stan Reconstruction on July 2, 2012.
Under the authority of Section 1229 of
the National Defense Authorization Act
for Fiscal Year 2008
and investigations to pro-
mote the efficiency and effectiveness of
reconstruction programs and detect and
prevent waste, fraud and abuse.
SIGAR also conducts forensic reviews
of reconstruction funds managed by the
Department of Defense, Department of
State and the U.S. Agency for International
Chuck Hagel and USAID Administrator
Rajiv Shah, Sopko notes: “Direct oversight
of reconstruction programs in much of
Afghanistan will become prohibitively
hazardous or impossible as U.S. military
units are withdrawn, coalition bases are
closed, and civilian reconstruction offices
in the field are closed.” He then asks all
three agency heads to detail their plans to
maintain effective oversight of U.S. assis-
tance programs in Afghanistan.
—Steven Alan Honley, Editor
Fighting an
Ancient Scourge
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