Want to be a U.S. diplomat? It can be a dangerous profession. Attacks are increasing from terrorists, new construction creates Fortress America-style buildings, and it appears that the bureaucratic lines within the State Department are bogged down.
The State Department late last year appointed for the first time a senior official — a deputy assistant secretary of state — to ensure that embassies and consulates in dangerous places got sufficient attention. But this review found that step insufficient, noting that in Washington, clear lines of authority and responsibility for diplomatic security were lacking. The report said a new under secretary would be responsible for “conducting threat and vulnerability assessments to identify risk” and recommending safeguards.