By OPMG, OCPA & JFHQ-NCR/MDW Public AffairsApril 11, 2016
The U.S. Army antiterrorism awareness theme for the third quarter (April through June) fiscal year 2016 (3Q/FY16) is measuring antiterrorism performance. The primary audience for this theme is antiterrorism officers (ATO), antiterrorism coordinators (ATC), and leaders at all levels who are responsible for planning, executing, and measuring performance of antiterrorism plans and programs.
Measuring antiterrorism performance seeks to enhance the Army's ability to objectively assess the effectiveness of the antiterrorism policy, doctrine, training, and community outreach.
The main focus areas for this quarterly theme include:
• Use of antiterrorism awareness survey report (Jan 29, 2016) and ability to address improvement areas.
• Review of command assessment and tracking processes.
• Assessment of higher headquarters and command special interest items.
• Expansion of standalone facilities working group antiterrorism reporting requirements to HQDA OPMG.
• Use and training of antiterrorism coordinators to enhance antiterrorism performance.
• Emphasis on new-hire, face-to-face antiterrorism awareness (Level 1) training.
• Increased use of cyber and social media to enhance antiterrorism performance.
In support of this theme, the Department's Office of Provost Marshal General (OPMG) conducted an antiterrorism awareness survey and produced a summary report of the results. OPMG also developed two checklists/guides to assist standalone facility and installation ATO/ATC in measuring antiterrorism performance. These new products are available on the Army Antiterrorism Enterprise Portal (see resources section below).
The other themes and events planned for the remainder of FY16 include:
• 4Q/FY16 Theme: Insider Threat
• Antiterrorism Awareness Month (August 2016)
As terrorists adopt new tactics and techniques in an attempt to exploit any identifiable weaknesses or vulnerabilities in the nation's defense, the Army must continue to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of its antiterrorism efforts.
Measuring antiterrorism performance is a critical aspect of understanding where the Army is today and what direction it should take for the future. Measuring program performance helps the Army to -
• Find out what is happening
• Understand the extent and relevancy of current issues and challenges
• Provide value-added information suitable for decision makers
• Allocate resources effectively
• Fulfill its responsibility to be good steward