Francis X. Taylor, assistant secretary of state for diplomatic security and director of the Office of Foreign Missions, will deliver a talk titled “Perspectives on the Global War on Terrorism” at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday (Feb. 24) in 140 DeBartolo Hall at the University of Notre Dame.p. A Notre Dame graduate, Taylor directs law enforcement for the Bureau of Diplomatic Security and oversees Department of State security programs to protect U.S. government employees and facilities abroad, and the integrity of on-site classified information. In his oversight of the Office of Foreign Missions, Taylor ensures the equitable treatment of U.S. diplomatic and consular missions and their personnel and regulates the activities of foreign missions in the United States.
In his former role as the State Department’s coordinator for counterterrorism, Taylor was responsible for developing, coordinating and implementing American counterterrorism policy and coordinating U.S. government efforts to improve counterterrorism cooperation with foreign governments.
During a 31-year active-duty military career, Taylor held a full range of command and staff positions, including director of the U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations. He ascended to the rank of brigadier general in 1996 and retired from active duty in 2001.
Among the honors he has received are the Distinguished Service Medal, National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, and Legion of Merit.
A 1970 graduate, Taylor was commissioned through Notre Dame’s ROTC program. He earned his master’s degree in government and international studies from the University in 1974.
The lecture, sponsored by the Department of Political Science, is free and open to the public.