Keeping the Heat Off Through Awareness: August is Anti-Terrorism Awareness Month

By Denise Kovalevich, OEMAugust 9, 2023

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August’s Anti-Terrorism Awareness Month is an important reminder to all military and civilian personnel about the persistent threats posed by our adversaries, and the importance of identifying threats and what to do if you find one. From combat zones to offices, it’s important to have heightened vigilance in today’s world and the ever-changing extremism, terrorism, and insider threats we face.

See Something, Say Something!

The first, and most important, defense against threats is to stay vigilant!  What to include when reporting suspicious activity or behavior? Remember the acronym SALUTE.

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Report a tip to

Staying Cyber-Secure

Cyber-attacks targeting government agencies increased by 95 percent worldwide in the second half of 2022, according to a 6 March 2023 article in Security Intelligence. And 95 percent of these security breaches were caused by human error. To stay safe online, employees should be mindful of the following:

  • Clicking on malicious links in an email or website
  • Utilizing weak passwords
  • Falling for phishing scams
  • Sharing sensitive information over insecure channels
Training is the Best Weapon

Training is pivotal in fighting the war against terrorism. OEM employees are provided the tools, education, and guidance to mitigate these threats during the month of August and all-year-long. Course information is available at:

Center for Development of Security Excellence:

  • Counterintelligence

  • Cybersecurity

  • Insider-Threat

JS -US007-Level I Antiterrorism Awareness Training:

Other resources:

  • Understanding who needs to take Level I Anti-Terrorism Awareness Training:

  • Anti-Terrorism Awareness Training for Contractors:

You can learn more about anti-terrorism awareness at the