Army Force Protection Division Initiatives
What is it?
The Force Protection (FP) Division is a division of the Army Asymmetric Warfare Office, Headquarters, Department of the Army, G-3 (Operations), G-5 (Military/Civil Affairs), and G-7 (Lean Six Sigma). The division, which consists of military personnel, Department of the Army Civilians, and contractors, is the functional proponent for Army force protection and provides a holistic, all-hazards protection program to meet traditional, irregular, disruptive, and catastrophic threats. With a strong focus on preventing attacks and minimizing the risks from all hazards, the FP Division protects our Soldiers, their Families, Army Civilians, infrastructure, and information to achieve mission assurance. Key FP Division functions include the following:
- Force protection policy (via the Force Protection Coordination Cell)
- Installation preparedness and emergency management
- Critical infrastructure risk management
- Continuity of operations
- Oversight of direct support of the antiterrorism program for Army G-3, G-5, and G-7
What has the Army done?
The FP Division delivers a broad, coherent, and comprehensive force protection program. The Army Strategy for Protection (ASP), which synchronizes Department of the Army protection efforts, is awaiting senior leadership approval. Policy and regulations under revision to support the ASP include AR 525-XX, Army Antiterrorism Strategic Plan; AR 525-13, Army Emergency Management, Antiterrorism; and Headquarters, Department of the Army, Continuity of Operations (COOP) Plan 1-06. The FP Division has established a Critical Infrastructure Risk Analysis Center (CIRAC) in the Army Operations Center and is completing an assessment of the top three assets to provide the Army with remediation options. Army Emergency Management (AEM) continues to field equipment related to chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and high-yield explosives. Additionally, Army Emergency Management has successfully piloted community awareness initiatives as part of the worldwide Army Emergency Management Program. Under the COOP Plan, the Army has established the Headquarters, Department of the Army, Alternative Relocation Facility site and continues to facilitate implementation of COOP standards Army-wide. The FP Division’s holistic approach to protection ensures that the Army achieves mission assurance.
What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
The FP Division will execute the ASP implementation plan to integrate protection functions across the Army. As the strategy is implemented, the division will continue to ensure the readiness of the COOP Alternative Relocation Facility, expand Emergency Management community awareness initiatives Army-wide, and continue to use CIRAC analysts to mitigate threats to critical infrastructure throughout the Army.
Why is this important to the Army?
The ASP integrates force protection across the entire Army spectrum: doctrine, organization, training, materiel, leadership and education, personnel, and facilities. This strategy protects Soldiers, Civilians, their Families, infrastructure, and information against all hazards, including asymmetric threats.