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Paul Davies, Diplomatic Security Chief, State Department

Two years after Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed in a terror attack in Benghazi, Libya, training for the Diplomatic Security Service has undergone a thorough overhaul. The training course for high threat posts is now 10 weeks instead of five, and it's so realistic trainees might forget they're actually on a military base in Virginia. Paul Davies, Diplomatic Security Chief for High Threat Training at the State Department, spoke with Tom Temin on the Federal Drive.

Tags: Paul Davies , Diplomatic Security Chief , Chris Stevens , Benghazi , Tom Temin , Federal Drive , embassy , security

Monday - 11/24/2014, 10:59am EST
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Foreign Service members honored for volunteer efforts abroad

From helping dogs in India find new homes in the U.S. to obtaining shoes for a school of Bulgarian children, award-winning volunteers help Foreign Service transform "tea and crumpets" image.

Tags: SOSA Award Program , AAFSW , volunteering , Lara Center , Kyle Romero , Kerry Caswell , Shilpa Gadde , Jose Ramierez Dolce , Fernando Marcelo Alvarez , Liana Maria Alvarez , Foreign Service , Michael OConnell , Ann La Porta , Jamie Armstrong

Thursday - 11/13/2014, 05:42pm EST

It happened to me: Diplomats recount stories of crisis and survival

Diane Dillard picked up the pieces of the U.S. Embassy in Lebanon after it was bombed in 1983. Ambassador Bill Brown found himself at the heart of a Soviet Union spy scandal. And John Limbert survived the infamous 444-day Iran hostage crisis. In the inaugural edition of Federal News Radio's new feature, Federal Voices, we hear from each of them, in their own words, about what those experiences were really like and how they survived to tell the tale.

Tags: Diane Dillard , Stu Kennedy , Bill Brown , John Limbert , foreign service officers , Beirut , embassy , Clayton Lonetree , Iran hostage crisis , Emily Kopp , Federal Voices , Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training , Foreign Service Institute , George Shultz , exclusive

Friday - 09/19/2014, 02:00am EDT

Thomas Boyatt, Former US Ambassador to Colombia

The State Department has five career tracks for its foreign service officers. The agency has online resources to make it easy for potential new employees to jump into one of those careers, but the biggest hurdle to finding new officers could be one the State Department can't control. Thomas Boyatt is former U.S. ambassador to Colombia. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained the difficulty of recruiting new officers.

Tags: Thomas Boyatt , In Depth

Thursday - 08/28/2014, 04:16pm EDT
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Airstrikes in Libya

Despite U.S. warnings, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates secretly carried out airstrikes against Islamist militias inside Libya. This comes three years after the killing of Libyan dictator Muamar Ghadafi and U.S. efforts to try to stabilize the country. "Outside interference in Libya exacerbates current divisions and undermines Libya's democratic transition," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said to reporters.

Tags: Pentagon and Beyond , JJ Green , Egypt , United Arab Emirates , airstrikes , Libya , Muamar Ghadafi , Jen Psaki ,

Wednesday - 08/27/2014, 12:26pm EDT

Bob Silverman, President, American Foreign Service Association

One of the toughest jobs in the State Department these days might be ambassador to Russia. That job was conferred just days ago on veteran career diplomat John Tefft. He arrives in Moscow when tensions between Russia and the United States are as high as they've been since the Cold War. Bob Silverman is president of the American Foreign Service Association. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss how Tefft will have to go about his job.

Tags: American Foreign Service Association , Bob Silverman , John Tefft , ambassador , Russia , diplomacy ,

Tuesday - 08/05/2014, 02:33pm EDT
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Jonathan Gandomi, Former Field Representative, State Department

The Service to America Medals honor federal employees who go above and beyond their job descriptions to serve the public. For the next few months, Federal News Radio is speaking to the finalists. As a diplomat, you don't seek out the easy life. Jonathan Gandomi was the State Department's field representative for the Counter-Lord's Resistance Army Mission. He spent two years on an assignment that has frustrated the world, ridding Africa of one of its oldest and most brutal extremist groups. Gandomi joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss his experience in Africa that led to his 2014 Sammies nomination. View a photo gallery of all the Sammies finalists. Read a Q&A and related story.

Tags: Jonathan Gandomi , Service to America Medals , Federal Drive , Emily Kopp

Monday - 07/14/2014, 06:34am EDT
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Gandomi plays key role in U.S. efforts to counter African extremist group

U.S. Ambassador to Uganda Scott DeLisi said the State Department's Jonathan Gamdoni worked on the frontlines in coordinating efforts to counter The Lord's Resistance Army.

Tags: Jonathan Gandomi , Sammies , Service to America Medals , Africa , people , Federal Drive

Tuesday - 07/29/2014, 12:49pm EDT

State on path toward recovery after harsh IG report on cyber

Bill Lay, the State Department's chief information security officer, said his budget for cybersecurity doubled in 2014 to help address the recommendations outlined by the agency's inspector general.

Tags: technology , Bill Lay , cybersecurity , continuous diagnostics and mitigation , Ask the CIO , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 07/02/2014, 02:07pm EDT
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