The Defense Security Service (DSS) is a federal agency of the U.S. Department of Defense and was established in 1999. The DSS was earlier known as Defense Investigative Service. The DSS is not any form of federal law enforcement agency. It does not have police powers either. [Tenenbaum v. Ashcroft, 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 63249 ( E.D. Mich. July 23, 2009)].
The objectives of the DSS are the following:
1. To facilitate personnel security investigations;
2. To supervise industrial security;
3.To perform security education;
4. To provide awareness training;
5. To secure the nation’s technology base.