In 1985, Secretary of State George P. Shultz created the U.S. Department of State’s Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) to promote an open dialogue between the U.S. Government and the American private sector on security issues abroad. OSAC members encompass U.S. corporations, nonprofits, NGOs, and faith-based and academia organizations working abroad and comprise every sector in what is the largest U.S. public-private partnership.

As threats continually arise and evolve across the world, OSAC works to keep U.S. organizations and personnel operating safely abroad. OSAC connects private-sector security professionals with the Diplomatic Security Service through ongoing risk awareness and crisis support, analysis and benchmarking, threat mitigation and management training, and by building trusted networks of support through its peer membership groups and year-round social events, including Country Chapters and Common Interest Committees (Regional, Sector and Special Interest Committees). OSAC currently consists of over 5,000 organizations and 18,000 individual members. Membership is entirely free and open to any organization incorporated in the U.S. and headquartered in the U.S. that has overseas operations.