Panel: The First Line of Defense - How Diplomats Protect American Security

Start Date/Time: 
Tuesday, October 29, 2019 - 10:15
End Date/Time: 
Tuesday, October 29, 2019 - 11:45

In the FY 2020 State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs Appropriations report, the U.S. Senate called diplomacy and development “America’s first line of defense abroad.” AFSA will convene a panel to highlight the ways that U.S. diplomats protect American interests and security by keeping myriad threats – transnational crime, pests and pandemics, terrorism, and instability – from reaching the homeland. 

Congressman Michael McCaul (R-Texas), ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and former Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, will discuss how the Foreign Service projects American global leadership overseas and protects Americans at home. Diplomatic Security agent Kala Bokelman will recount how DS assistance helped dismantle an international child pornography ring. APHIS representative Jeffrey Austin will focus on joint programs in South and Central America that keep livestock herds – critical both to U.S. food supply and the economy of several American states – pest-free. We also will hear about the post 9/11 negotiations to obtain Passenger Name Records from EU countries, information necessary for countering global terrorism, and about the regional security cooperation and longstanding alliances important to confronting aggression and security threats around the world. 

Join us at DACOR Bacon House for this important conversation. Click here to register.