Biography

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Kurt R. Rice
Deputy Assistant Secretary and Assistant Director for Threat Investigations and Analysis
Bureau of Diplomatic Security
Term of Appointment: 05/01/2016 to present

Kurt Rice is the Deputy Assistant Secretary and Assistant Director for Threat Investigations and Analysis (TIA), Bureau of Diplomatic Security, U.S. Department of State. In this capacity, he oversees all Diplomatic Security programs that analyze, assess, investigate, and disseminate information on threats directed against U.S. diplomatic personnel overseas and domestically.

Similarly, he is responsible for the Overseas Security Advisory Council, a public-private partnership that promotes the sharing of security information between the U.S. Department of State and American private sector organizations with operations and personnel abroad. His office also provides oversight for the Reward for Justice program, the U.S. Government’s premier public anti-terrorism rewards program.

Mr. Rice joined Diplomatic Security in May of 1987 and is a Minister-Counselor select in the Senior Foreign Service. His most recent assignment was as Director of the Office of Intelligence and Threat analysis. As Director of this office, he was the senior Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) advisor regarding intelligence and counterterrorism matters. He is also the DSS organizational representative to the U.S. Intelligence and Counterterrorism communities. Prior to that tour, he was Regional Security Officer for the Russian Federation, and Special Agent in Charge (SAC) of all DS activities in the embassy and three subordinate consulates. Kurt has also served as the SAC of the DSS Chicago Field Office from 2005-2008. He has been Regional Security Officer in Poland and Finland, as well as serving a prior tour in Moscow.

Mr. Rice has extensive headquarters and liaison experience, to include positions as the Department’s Special Coordinator for Afghanistan Security Programs and Counterintelligence Chief for the Russia and CIS regions. He has also served several tours in DSS’ International Programs Directorate, where he regularly was called upon to fill long term/temporary assignments as RSO or provide world-wide evacuation support to our Posts under siege.

The recipient of several State Department Meritorious and Superior Honor Awards, as well as interagency Intelligence Community awards, Mr. Rice is a Graduate of the University of Minnesota.