International Conference on Protecting the U.S. Private Sector Abroad

Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
November 14, 2011

More than 1,000 public and private security professionals from the federal government and U.S. based businesses, academia, faith-based institutions and nongovernmental organizations will gather at the State Department on November 16 and 17 for the Overseas Security Advisory Council’s 26th Annual Briefing, “Responding to Global Political Change.” Topics will include improving security for private sector operations overseas, emergency preparedness and the upcoming London 2012 Summer Olympics.

Ambassador Eric Boswell, Assistant Secretary for Diplomatic Security, U.S. Department of State, will deliver the opening address. Charles MacCormack, former chief executive officer of Save the Children, will speak on the challenges of a non-governmental organization operating overseas during times of unrest. Addressing the security preparations for the London 2012 Olympics will be Robert Raine, Director of Olympic Security, United Kingdom Home Office, and Assistant Commissioners Cressida Dick and Chris Allison from the United Kingdom Metropolitan Police Service. Greg Starr, Under Secretary General for the Department of Safety and Security, United Nations, will discuss the importance of creating an enabling environment in order to effectively operate in the world’s most challenging locations.

The Overseas Security Advisory Council is a public-private partnership that facilitates the exchange of security information between the U.S. Government and more than 4,000 U.S. private sector organizations operating abroad. The State Department’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security administers the council.

The opening session on Wednesday, November 16, from 8:30 to 11:35 a.m. in the Dean Acheson Auditorium will be open to credentialed members of the media.

Pre-set time for video cameras: 8:00 a.m. from the 23rd Street entrance

Final access time for journalists and still photographers: 8:15 a.m. from the 23rd Street entrance

Media representatives may attend the opening session upon presentation of one of the following: 1) a U.S. Government-issued photo identification (Department of State, White House, Congress, Department of Defense or Foreign Press Center), (2) a media-issued photo identification card, or (3) a letter from their employer on letterhead verifying their employment as a journalist, accompanied by an official photo identification (driver’s license or passport).


Gale L. Smith
U.S. Department of State
Bureau of Diplomatic Security Public Affairs
(571) 345-2507

Office of Press Relations
(202) 647-2492

PRN: 2011/1924