On the Radar
Nearly two years after the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, the world has become no less dangerous for diplomats working abroad. And the State Department's Bureau of Diplomatic Security is now trying to do even more to protect its own.
Since 1998 there have been nearly 300 significant attacks against U.S. diplomatic facilities and personnel, according to the State Department. Hard lessons have been learned from those violent encounters.
Those lessons are being put into action, and ABC News was given a rare, exclusive look into what the State Department is now doing about it.
Most notably, the department’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security has expanded its hostile environment training – doubling it from 5 weeks to 10 weeks to prepare their special agents for assignments in some of the world's most unstable and inhospitable places. The additional instruction agents receive will save lives, according to Mark Hipp, Diplomatic Security Assistant Director for Training.Read More »from After Benghazi: Exclusive look inside the training program to keep U.S. diplomats safe