May 9, 2010
<b>iWATCH ARMY </b>
<b>What is it' </b>
iWATCH ARMY is a modern version of neighborhood watch focused on the threat of terrorist activity. iWATCH ARMY is designed to heighten public awareness to the indicators of terrorist activity and encourage reporting of suspicious behavior or activity to Military Police or local law enforcement agencies for investigation. The Headquarters Department of the Army, Office of the Provost Marshal General (OPMG,) is leading this effort. OPMG's Antiterrorism Branch has developed the iWATCH ARMY initiative and media awareness products (including posters, brochures, websites, and public service announcements) to educate the Army community.
<b>Why is it important to the Army' </b>
When informed about the indicators of terrorist activity and empowered to help protect our communities against terrorism, the entire Army-community (Soldiers, DA civilians, family members and contractors) become an extension of our overall protection. The information reported by members of the Army community (both on and off military installations) may reveal a piece of a puzzle, which leads authorities to thwart a terrorist plot.
<b>What is the Army doing' </b>
On April 15, 2010, the Provost Marshal General and Deputy Chief of Staff, G-3/5/7, directed the Army-wide implementation of iWATCH ARMY. Army commands have until 1 August 2010 to implement the initiative within their organizations and communities.
<b>What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future' </b>
As antiterrorism awareness and iWATCH ARMY products and tools are developed to support Army units and communities, they are posted and available for download from Army Knowledge Online -- Antiterrorism Enterprise Portal (ATEP). iWATCH ARMY products should be distributed throughout the Army community.
On Feb. 16, 2010, the Department of the Army announced intentions to conduct antiterrorism training, education and awareness throughout the month of August 2010. The purpose of AT Awareness Month is to instill Army-wide heightened awareness and vigilance to prevent and protect Army critical resources from acts of terrorism. In support of AT Awareness Month and iWATCH ARMY implementation, the OPMG has coordinated for distribution of AT awareness and iWATCH ARMY products down to the installation, stand-alone facility, and unit levels. The products will be distributed during the month of July in preparation for AT Awareness Month.
Implementation of a revised terrorist threat reporting system known as "eGuardian" and the development of an Antiterrorism Field Manual (FM 3-07.2) continue.
Requires site registration: <a href="https://www.us.army.mil/suite/page/605757" target="_blank">Army Antiterrorism Enterprise Portal</a>