Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken visited the Diplomatic Security Service Command Center to learn more about the vital work of the Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) and express his appreciation to the DSS special agents and personnel helping to secure diplomacy and make our country safer. Read the full article.
Maria Fjeldstad, Dubai Country Chapter Private Sector Co-Chair
When Maria Fjeldstad (Marsh McLennan) relocated to Dubai in 2014, she was new to the Middle East and Africa, which formed part of her portfolio as a business resilience manager. She realized the need to connect with others to share information and increase her knowledge of the region. She joined the OSAC UAE – Dubai Chapter, which provided important resources and opened a door to liaise with professionals facing the same risks, as well as risks she hadn’t considered previously. Motivated by the value that OSAC offered, Maria volunteered to serve on the Chapter Steering Committee and then was elected Private Sector Co-Chair in October 2019. The Dubai Chapter is one of OSAC's most active, with monthly meetings for more than 300 members. Its leading industries include manufacturing, information technology, commercial & retail facilities, and financial & legal services. We asked Maria a few questions about her Country Chapter leadership experience and interest in the field:
OSAC’s Global Threat Warning team performs Duty to Warn (DTW) notifications for U.S. private-sector organizations operating overseas. But what exactly is DTW? Although these warnings are relatively rare, security personnel should learn more so that they are prepared if one of our Global Threat Officers calls.
DTW notifications are performed when there are specific, credible, and non-counterable threats against U.S. organizations, such as threat of physical attack, intentional killing, serious bodily injury, or kidnapping.
In recent months, threats addressed by OSAC have been concentrated in the Middle East and the African continent with a focus on energy, international development, and hospitality sectors. Recent notifications provided advance warning of insider threats, persons targeted for kidnapping, and both aerial and ground attacks targeting facilities and infrastructure. These notifications resulted in changed security postures and personnel evacuations for a number of U.S. organizations.
OSAC recently published a Q&A about DTW and our Global Threat Warning team: “Duty to Warn Q&A: Making Sense of the Threat,” accessible on OSAC.gov as part of our Traveler Toolkit.
The Tokyo Olympics will launch on July 23 with the customary Opening Ceremony. But, following the March 20 decision by Tokyo organizers, the stands will not be filled with the usual throngs of overseas spectators. U.S. athletes, coaches, and other essential personnel will still be present and supported by Diplomatic Security Service field agents and the OSAC Major Events team, operating out of a Joint Operations Center (JOC) at U.S. Embassy Tokyo.
During the Games, we’ll coordinate our real-time information exchange among OSAC members from the JOC and will share relevant reports and virtual briefings regularly. For now, all eyes remain fixed on the next edition of the Olympic Playbooks, outlining rules and countermeasures for accredited travelers, which should be released later this month. OSAC members can join our Tokyo 2020 email group to receive more frequent updates and to join the conversation with other interested members.
Welcome to our new Common Interest Committee Chairs and Vice Chairs: