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U.S. Government Security Response To Attacks On Its Diplomatic Missions, 1979-2012: How Effective?   [open pdf - 830KB]

From the Master of Military Art and Science, Homeland Security Studies, thesis, "Endeavoring to determine the effectiveness of the United (U.S.) Government's security response to attacks on its diplomatic missions, this thesis examined 11 attacks that occurred between 1979 and 2012. As a result of the researcher's analysis of both quantitative and qualitative data, conclusions were made that addressed the significance of: the capability of a receiving nation's government to provide for the protection of a U.S. mission; the willingness of that government to provide for the protection of the mission; and consistent levels of funding for the Department of State. The researcher recommends: the U.S. Government assess the capability and willingness of a receiving nation to provide for the protection of a U.S. mission; the inclusion of Department of Defense assets to help secure missions in situations where the receiving nation is incapable or unwilling; serious consideration be given to closing U.S. missions in countries where the governments are either incapable or unwilling to provide security, and Department of Defense assistance is not feasible; Congress provide consistent levels of funding for the Department of State; and a comprehensive review of Department of State personnel and resource allocations, and the closing of missions that do not achieve an acceptable risk to reward assessment."

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