Diplomatic Security Service

1916 badge of the Bureau of Secret Intelligence
Bureau (DS) Organizational Chart
DSS Organizational Chart
A DSS agent stands watch as Secretary of State Kerry makes a telephone call.
DSS Special Agents escort the Dalai Lama from a speaking engagement at Rice University
USMS and DSS team
Ramzi Yousef, who was captured by the DSS
DSS Special Agent on the range with the M2 .50 caliber Machine Gun
DSS Special Agents with M4s at range
U.S. Diplomatic Security Service on the range with M249 SAW

Security and law enforcement agency that acts as the operational division of the Bureau of Diplomatic Security, which is a branch of the United States Department of State.

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United States Department of State

Executive department of the U.S. federal government responsible for the nation's foreign policy and international relations.

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Armed Department of State security agents accompany U.S. Ambassador Deane Hinton in El Salvador in the early 1980s.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken delivers remarks to the media
Organizational chart of the U.S. Department of State
Harry S. Truman Building (formerly Main State Building), headquarters of the U.S. Department of State since May 1947.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken delivers remarks with President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris at the State Department headquarters, February 2021
Mike Pompeo with 2018 summer interns
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Logo of the "Air Wing" of The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL)- Office of Aviation, U.S. Department of State
Naval Support Unit Seabees securing a diplomatic compound in Dec. 2010

The department administers the oldest US civilian intelligence agency, the Bureau of Intelligence and Research, and maintains a law enforcement arm, the Diplomatic Security Service.


Activity aimed at protecting an agency's intelligence program from an opposition's intelligence service.

Civilian photo technicians (in back of jeep) working for Counter Intelligence Corps are accounted for at a checkpoint in Potsdam, Germany, July 14, 1945
Political cartoon depicting the Afghan Emir Sher Ali with his "friends" the Russian Bear and British Lion (1878). The Great Game saw the rise of systematic espionage and surveillance throughout the region by both powers
The Okhrana, founded in 1880, had the task of countering enemy espionage against Imperial Russia. St. Petersburg Okhrana group photo, 1905

For example, while offensive counterintelligence is a mission of the US CIA's National Clandestine Service, defensive counterintelligence is a mission of the U.S. Diplomatic Security Service (DSS), Department of State, who work on protective security for personnel and information processed abroad at US Embassies and Consulates.

Special agent

Investigator or detective for a governmental or independent agency, who primarily serves in criminal investigatory positions.

Federal agencies often work with each other and with local law enforcement during official events, such as presidential visits to the United Nations General Assembly in New York City. Pictured are members of the US Secret Service, Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF)

Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) (FS-2501)

United States Secret Service

Federal law enforcement agency under the Department of Homeland Security charged with conducting criminal investigations and protecting U.S. political leaders, their families, and visiting heads of state or government.

Secret Service agents conducting electronic investigations
Sign at the Obama family home in 2021 stating the area is protected by the Secret Service
Secret Service analyst examining counterfeit documents
Secret Service Electronic Crimes Task Force (ECTF)
Secret Service Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Task Force (AFMLTF)
Secret Service Cyber Intelligence Center (CIS)
Secret Service agents responding to the assassination attempt of Ronald Reagan by John Hinckley, Jr. on March 30, 1981
Secret Service agents to guard President George W. Bush in 2008.
Secret Service agents protecting President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama
Secret Service agents executing a protective operation
Secret Service agent trainees at the James J. Rowley Training Center (RTC)
Secret Service agent trainees practice executing a search warrant.
Secret Service officer and his police dog as part of the Emergency Response Team (ERT)
Secret Service snipers protect Vice President Mike Pence in Indianapolis in 2017.
Secret Service counter-sniper marksman on top of the White House's roof, armed with a sniper rifle
Secret Service agent in business suit working President Obama's protection detail
Ford Taurus of the Uniformed Division of the Secret Service.
An Allegheny County Police officer and his working dog screening a US Secret Service vehicle for explosives.
Secret Service Field Offices
Secret Service badge (1875–1890)
Secret Service badge (1890–1971)
Secret Service badge (1971–2003)
Secret Service badge (2003–present)

Protection of government officials is not solely the responsibility of the Secret Service, with many other agencies, such as the United States Capitol Police, Supreme Court Police and Diplomatic Security Service, providing personal protective services to domestic and foreign officials.

Bureau of Diplomatic Security

Security branch of the United States Department of State.

Bureau of Diplomatic Security seal
1916 Badge of the Bureau of Secret Intelligence, today's DSS
DS Organizational Chart
USMS and DSS team
DSS Special Agents with the Colt M4 at range
U.S. Diplomatic Security Service on the range with M249 SAW

The Bureau of Diplomatic Security (DS) is the political face and parent organization of the Diplomatic Security Service (DSS).

Robert Lansing

American lawyer and diplomat who served as Counselor to the State Department at the outbreak of World War I, and then as United States Secretary of State under President Woodrow Wilson from 1915 to 1920.

Lansing's Secretary of State nomination
Lansing and Solicitor General of the United States John W. Davis in 1917
Eleanor Foster

The small group of agents hired by Lansing would eventually become the U.S. Diplomatic Security Service (DSS).

1983 United States embassy bombing in Beirut

Suicide bombing in Beirut, Lebanon, that killed 32 Lebanese, 17 Americans, and 14 visitors and passers-by.

US Embassy three days after the bombing
A view of the damage to the U.S. Embassy after the bombing.
President Ronald Reagan and First Lady Nancy Reagan pay their respects and tribute to the 13 American civilian and 4 U.S. military personnel victims of the embassy bombing.

This in turn prompted the creation of the Bureau of Diplomatic Security and the Diplomatic Security Service within the State Department.

Passport fraud

Travel document issued by a government to a citizen of that country.

Geoffrey Hosking suggests that fear of being enslaved was a central motivating force for the development of the Greek sense of citizenship. Sculpture: a Greek woman being served by a slave-child.

The US department of state's law enforcement, Diplomatic Security Service, have special agents who work with law enforcement agencies in over 160 countries all over the world to investigate passport fraud.

Fast & Furious

Media franchise centered on a series of action films that are largely concerned with street racing, heists, spies, and family.

Dwayne Johnson joined the cast in Fast Five and headlined the first spin-off film.

Dominic Toretto, Brian O'Conner, and Mia Toretto plan a heist to steal $100 million from corrupt businessman Hernan Reyes while being pursued for arrest by U.S. Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) agent Luke Hobbs.

Ramzi Yousef

Pakistani convicted terrorist who was one of the main perpetrators of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and the bombing of Philippine Airlines Flight 434; he was also a co-conspirator in the Bojinka plot.

FBI photo of Ramzi Yousef.
United States Diplomatic Security Service photograph showing the damaged interior of PAL 434 after the bombing. The explosion punched a hole, visible in the lower center of the photo, through the floor below seat 26K into the center cargo bay.
House where Yousef was captured

In 1995, he was arrested by the Pakistani Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and U.S. Diplomatic Security Service at a guest house in Islamabad, Pakistan, while trying to set a bomb in a doll, then extradited to the United States.