Overseas Security Advisory Council
Bureau of Diplomatic Security
U.S. Department of State
Research and Analysis: Researches issues affecting the private sector overseas and distributes this information through reports, briefings and consultations. In the span of a year
this unit conducts over 3,000 security consultations via phone, office visit, and email with the private sector and produces over 200 analytical reports.
Outreach Programs: Promotes and facilitates security information networks, such as…
OSAC Country Councils replicate the OSAC partnership at 142 overseas locations bringing together diplomatic missions and private sector organizations to enhance the exchange of security related information abroad. These organizations encourage managers with security responsibilities to organize themselves to cope with security problems by pooling their resources. Key representatives of these Country Councils and U.S Embassy security officers, as well as other post officials, develop working relationships to create an exchange of information through which pertinent, unclassified, security information is shared in a timely fashion.
OSAC Working Groups are sector-specific groups that allow representatives to participate in smaller, like-minded groups to ensure targeted and actionable information sharing. Seven sector-specific working groups allow representatives from academia, aviation, energy, faith-based, hospitality, media & entertainment, and NGO sectors to participate in these targeted and actionable information-sharing groups.
OSAC Regional Councils offer opportunities for constituents to engage on Africa, Europe, Latin America, Middle East, and Pan-Asia specific security discussions.
Global Security: This unit maintains close working relationships across the Intelligence Community in order to facilitate the timely release and passage of information at the unclassified level. Threat notifications occur when the U.S. Government is aware of specific and credible threats targeting U.S. individuals or organizations. OSAC assumes the responsibility for sharing real-time information pertaining to U.S. organizations overseas in a manner and on a timeline that allows for threat mitigation.
The Research and Information Support Center (RISC) is staffed with analysts, program officers, and coordinators dedicated solely to the needs of the U.S. private sector. RISC analysts gauge threats to U.S. businesses, personnel, facilities, and intellectual property abroad. With access to a broad range of classified and unclassified reporting from American embassies abroad, as well as open source information, the RISC staff track social, political, and economic issues that impact the security of the U.S. private sector operating overseas.
The OSAC.gov website is the focal point for the exchange of unclassified information on security related incidents and threats overseas between the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. private sector. Information on the website available to constituents includes the following as Travel Advisories and Travel Alerts linked through the Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs.
To contact the RISC staff, please see below for details by region: