Special Agent Scott Moretti was named Deputy Assistant Secretary and Assistant Director of Training for the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security on July 29, 2015.
Under his direction are the Office of Antiterrorism Assistance, the Office of Training and Performance Standards, and the Office of Mobile Security Deployments. The Training Directorate trains Diplomatic Security special agents throughout their careers, prepares U.S. Government personnel to serve at U.S. diplomatic posts in critical- and high-threat countries, administers antiterrorism training to foreign police, and deploys its own agents for training and special protective missions to primarily high-threat overseas posts.
As head of the Training Directorate, Mr. Moretti directs antiterrorism assistance training and delivery of related equipment to security and law-enforcement personnel in partner nations with the goal of deterring and countering terrorism. He is responsible for the formulation and implementation of training programs and policies that promote the professional development of DS personnel.
Mr. Moretti also oversees specialized security training at U.S. diplomatic facilities abroad, as well as the deployment of security-support personnel to overseas U.S. diplomatic posts during periods of high threat, crisis, or natural disasters.
Prior to his current assignment, he was the special agent in charge of Diplomatic Security’s Washington Field Office. From January 2013 to April 2015, he served as the special agent in charge of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s protective detail. Before heading the Secretary’s protective detail, Mr. Moretti was deputy regional security officer for protective operations at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, where he led a team of 600 security professionals that provided protection to U.S. Embassy staff.
From May 2010 through July 2012, he was director for the Office of Mobile Security Deployments (MSD), the on-call response force used by the Department of State to counter threats against official U.S. interests and personnel overseas and to provide specialized security training at U.S. diplomatic posts abroad.
During his first tour in Iraq, Mr. Moretti served as the deputy regional security officer for embassy operations. In this capacity he was responsible for all procedural, technical, and physical security programs at the Embassy. From August 2005 to July 2006, he served as regional security officer at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul.
Mr. Moretti holds the rank of Counselor in the Senior Foreign Service and is a recipient of several Department of State honors and awards including the Superior Honor Award and Meritorious Honor Award.
He is a graduate of the National War College, class of 2007. He also attended Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, Virginia, where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in American Studies.
He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1983-1986 and was an infantry officer assigned to the First Battalion, Eighth Marines at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.