U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to Deliver Remarks at the Overseas Security Advisory Council's 30th Annual Briefing

Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
November 17, 2015

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will deliver remarks at 11:45 a.m. on Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at the Overseas Security Advisory Council’s (OSAC) 30th Annual Briefing, in the Dean Acheson auditorium of the Department of State.

More than 1,300 public and private security professionals from U.S.-based businesses, academia, faith-based institutions, nongovernmental organizations, and the federal government are expected to gather for this year’s two-day conference. This year’s theme is “30 Years of Leadership and Security Cooperation.”

The Honorable John O. Brennan, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, will speak immediately before Secretary Kerry.

During the briefing on November 18, there will also be two panel discussions focusing on significant events and issues:

  • “U.S. Hostage Policy Update”
  • “Radicalization”

Bill Miller, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Department of State’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security and Director of the Diplomatic Security Service, and Dan Schlehr, Vice President, Global Security Services, Raytheon Company – OSAC’s public and private sector co-chairs respectively - will deliver opening remarks.

OSAC is a public-private partnership that facilitates the two-way exchange of security information between the U.S. government and nearly 4,000 U.S. private sector organizations operating abroad. OSAC is administered by the State Department’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security.

Secretary Kerry’s Remarks:

Secretary Kerry’s remarks are open to the press and will be streamed live on 2009-2017.state.gov. Follow @StateDept and @StateDeptLive during the remarks.

Pre-set time for video cameras: 10:15 a.m. from the 23rd Street Entrance.

Final access time for still photographers and journalists: 11:30 a.m. from the 23rd Street Entrance.

Morning Sessions:

Presentations before the Secretary’s remarks are open to the press. All other sessions on Wednesday are closed to the press.

All reporters who intend to cover the sessions should RSVP to Diplomatic Security Public Affairs (DS-Press@state.gov) by 5:00 p.m. on November 17.

On November 18, members of the press should arrive and check in by 8:15 a.m. (23rd Street Entrance). Morning sessions begin at 8:30 a.m.

Pre-set time for video cameras is 7:45 a.m. from the 23rd Street entrance.

Media representatives may attend the open sessions 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).


Dayna Rowden

U.S. Department of State

Bureau of Diplomatic Security Public Affairs

571-345-2507 (office)

202-306-8586 (mobile)


Barbara Gleason

U.S. Department of State

Bureau of Diplomatic Security Public Affairs

571-345-2948 (office)

703-209-8819 (mobile)


DS Public Affairs


Department of State Office of Press Relations