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STAND-TO! Edition: Friday, April 13 2012

Today's Focus:

Terrorism - Protecting Standalone Facilities

Senior Leaders are Saying

The work done at the GSPEL will make our Soldiers' loads lighter, reduce their energy requirements, and reduce the number of Soldiers we put into harm's way to supply energy. This facility will not only make us more efficient and save resources, but will save lives in combat as well.

- Under Secretary of the Army Dr. Joseph W. Westphal, speaking at the opening ceremony of the Ground Systems Power and Energy Laboratory (GSPEL) at Detroit Arsenal in Warren, Mich., April 11, 2012.

Army leaders open new energy lab for business

Related: STAND-TO!: Ground Systems Power and Energy Laboratory

What They're Saying

If you actually stop and think, that's when you start panicking because you don't know what to do. The key is to keep moving, and hope the decisions you're making are the best decisions that can be made.

- Sgt. Felipe Pereira, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), on receiving Distinguished Service Cross, the nation's second-highest only to the Medal of Honor, at McAuliffe Hall at Fort Campbell, Ky., for his actions Nov. 1, 2010, in Afghanistan. Pereira is the first Screaming Eagle to be awarded since Vietnam.

Screaming Eagle Soldier receives Distinguished Service Cross

A Culture of Engagement

Calendar

150 Years: The Battle of Gettysburg: The American Civil War

April

National Sexual Assault Prevention & Awareness Month Related STAND-TO!
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Month of the Military Child


April 4: Medal of Honor posthumously awarded to Sgt. 1st Class Paul Ray Smith in 2005

April 15 - 22: Days of Remembrance for Victims of the Holocaust

April 22: Earth Day

Today's Focus

Terrorism - Protecting Standalone Facilities

What is it?

The protection of Standalone Facilities (SAF) is a critical element of the Army's antiterrorism program focused on protecting personnel, information, and facilities against potential terrorist activities. The methods to protect SAFs are considerably more complex than those measures taken to protect Army installations. SAFs (such as recruiting stations and Reserve/Guard facilities) are embedded in civilian communities and often do not have same level of protection as typically assigned to Army installations. This shortfall, without mitigation could make them more vulnerable. While some SAFs have barriers that define an operational area, most are an integral part of their environment and have no organic security or emergency response capabilities. As such, most are dependent upon the local community for security and threat information support.

Why is it important to the Army?

In an era of persistent, asymmetric threat -- including the potential for terrorist activity -- protecting SAFs against a terrorist attack presents a particular challenge. Recent reports and actions indicate an increased likelihood of attacks against SAFs from homegrown violent extremists and terrorists. The terrorist threat has adapted to more vulnerable targets such as transportation systems, community gatherings, hotels, and facilities which present greater opportunities for successful attacks. Because SAFs are embedded in the community and often represent an obvious visual image of the U.S. military, they could be the most likely terrorist target across the Army community.

What is the Army doing?

Because protecting SAFs is a unique challenge and high priority for the Army antiterrorism (AT) program, in January 2012, the Office of Provost Marshal General (OPMG) published a new handbook of Antiterrorism Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures for Standalone Facilities, which provides guidance to assist in building antiterrorism programs for these facilities. The handbook supplements antiterrorism policy and doctrine to help build viable defenses to prevent terrorist attacks. The handbook is also available for downloading on the OPMG Army AT Enterprise Portal (ATEP) on AKO (see the resources link below).

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

Additional priorities for the Army AT awareness program include:

- 3QFY12: Integrating Antiterrorism and Operations Security into the Contract Support Process -- which includes a recently publish desk reference guide

- 4QFY12: Know Your Surroundings -- which reinforces the importance of understanding the security environment

Resources:

AKO Log-in required: Army Antiterrorism Enterprise Portal

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