Bill A. Miller Named Director of the Diplomatic Security Service and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Diplomatic Security

Press Statement
Bureau of Diplomatic Security
Washington, DC
April 15, 2014

On April 14, Bill A. Miller was appointed to be the Director of the Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Diplomatic Security at the U.S. Department of State.

In this capacity, Mr. Miller oversees the security and law enforcement arm of the Department, providing a safe and secure environment for the conduct of U.S. foreign policy throughout the world.

He leads a force of Special Agents, Diplomatic Couriers, Security Engineering Officers, Security Technical Specialists, civil service staff, and other specialists. Prior to this appointment, he served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for High-Threat Programs. In that position Mr. Miller was responsible for evaluating, managing, and mitigating the security threats at high-threat diplomatic missions around the world.

A member of the State Department’s Diplomatic Security Service and a DSS Special Agent since 1987, Mr. Miller is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service. His last overseas assignment was a three-year posting as Regional Security Officer at the U.S. Mission in Cairo, Egypt.

For his leadership in guiding the U.S. Government security response to the revolutionary events of the “Arab Spring” in Egypt, Mr. Miller was awarded the Department’s Superior Honor Award.

Prior to Egypt, Mr. Miller served for a year in Baghdad as the Regional Security Coordination Officer for the Coalition Provisional Authority and as the first Regional Security Officer for the newly established U.S. Mission to Iraq. In addition to assignments in Iraq and Egypt, Mr. Miller served tours in Pakistan, Jerusalem, and the Philippines.

Mr. Miller was instrumental in the investigation and capture of terrorist Ramzi Yousef, mastermind of the first bombing of New York City’s World Trade Center on February 1993. Mr. Miller and another Diplomatic Security special agent were present when Pakistani investigators arrested Yousef in Pakistan on February 6, 1995.

Mr. Miller has also served as the DS Regional Director for Contingency Operations and Chief of the Security and Law Enforcement Training Division at the Diplomatic Security Training Center in Dunn Loring, Virginia. Other domestic assignments have included service as the Chief of Counterintelligence Investigations for DSS, the Post Graduate Intelligence program at the Joint Military Intelligence College, nearly five years on the Secretary of State’s Protective Detail and, his first assignment, the Washington Field Office.

Prior to entering on duty in 1987 with the Department of State as a Diplomatic Security Special Agent, Mr. Miller served as a U.S. Marine Corps infantry officer.

Mr. Miller was honored as the 2004 Diplomatic Security Service Employee of the Year in recognition for his service in Iraq. In addition, he is a recipient of the Department of State’s Award for Valor, several Superior Honor Awards, the Department of Defense Joint Civilian Service Commendation Award and the Marine Security Guard Battalion’s award as RSO of the Year.

The Bureau of Diplomatic Security (DS), the law enforcement and security arm of the U.S. Department of State, provides a secure environment for the conduct of American diplomacy. To advance American interests and foreign policy, DS protects people, property and information at more than 275 State Department missions worldwide. DS is the most widely represented U.S. security and law enforcement organization in the world and a leader in international investigations, threat analysis, cyber security, counterterrorism, and security technology. For more information go to

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Gale Smith
DS Public Affairs