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The Defense Security Service (DSS), formerly known as the Defense Investigative Service (DIS) is an agency of the United States Department of Defense (DoD). DSS makes its contribution to the National Security Community by conducting personnel security investigations and providing industrial security products and services, as well as offering comprehensive security education training to DoD and other government entities. To complement its three primary missions: the Personnel Security Investigations Program (PSI); the National Industrial Security Program (NISP); and the Security Education, Training and Awareness Program, DSS offers the unique advantage of integrating counterintelligence into its core security disciplines through training programs, policy development, and operational support to its field elements. Image File history File links Information_icon. ... Shortcut: WP:WIN Wikipedia is an online encyclopedia and, as a means to that end, also an online community. ... Shortcut: WP:NPOV Wikipedia policy is that all articles should be written from a neutral point of view. ... Shortcut: WP:RULES Wikipedia is a collaborative project and its founders and contributors have a common goal: Wikipedia has some policies and guidelines that help us to work toward that common goal. ... See also the Bureau of Diplomatic Security // The Diplomatic Security Service is the law enforcement arm of the U.S. State Department. ... The United States Department of Defense (DOD or DoD) is the federal department charged with coordinating and supervising all agencies and functions of the government relating directly to national security and the military. ... The National Industrial Security Program, or NISP, is the nominal authority (in the United States) for managing the needs of private industry to access classified information. ... Counterintelligence or counter-espionage is the act of seeking and indentifying espionage activities. ...


The mission of DSS is realized through the efforts of approximately 2,600 employees strategically located throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. 230 DSS employees are Industrial Security Representatives who oversee, advise, and assist more than 11,000 contractor facilities involved with classified contracts and research/development efforts.


In November 2004, approximately 1800 investigators from the Defense Security Service were transferred to the Office of Personnel Management. This move consolidated the vast majority of background investigations for the Federal government with OPM. The Office of Personnel Management (or OPM) is an Independent Agency of the United States Government that manages the civil service of the federal government. ...


External links

  • Defense Security Service Homepage

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