Force Protection Detachment (FPD), US Department of Defense

The primary mission of the Force Protection Detachment (FPD) is to protect Department of Defense personnel (military, civilian, and dependents) and resources under Combatant Commanders authority in Ukraine. The mission further includes serving as a force multiplier for the U.S. Embassy Regional Security Office and Country Team in support of the DoD presence and mission, which includes, but is not limited to: host nation liaison; counterintelligence matters; threat surveys; threat briefings; DoD investigative lead reporting; threat reporting; and conducting or assisting in the production of vulnerability assessments of ports, airfields, hotels and routes used by in-transit forces.


FPD was created after the attack on the USS Cole in Yemen. FPDs are traditionally composed of U.S. military multi-counterintelligence offices with well-trained selected Special Agents from Army Counterintelligence (U.S. Army CI), Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI), and Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS), as well as locally hired Foreign Service National Investigators and logistical support personnel. U.S. Army CI is the Executive Agency for FPD Kyiv, Ukraine. FPD Kyiv currently has one senior supervisory Special Agent assigned with reach-back support from personnel assigned to the 66th Military Intelligence Brigade and European Command.