New Threat Awareness and Reporting Program

Friday November 19, 2010

What is it?

Army Regulation 381-12, Threat Awareness and Reporting Program (TARP), formerly known as Subversion and Espionage Directed Against the U.S. Army (SAEDA), establishes policy and responsibilities for threat awareness and reporting in the Army. It requires Department of the Army personnel to report to counterintelligence any information regarding known or suspected espionage, international terrorism, sabotage, subversion, theft or illegal diversion of military technology, information systems intrusions, and unauthorized disclosure of classified information, among other matters.

What has the Army done?

In response to the Fort Hood incident on Nov. 5, 2009, the Army conducted a systemic review of programs, policies, and procedures for evaluating the effectiveness of current counterintelligence and security support to force protection. The review determined that the SAEDA program was based on the CI focus during the Cold War of espionage against the Army from the Soviet Union and the Warsaw Pact. There was only one reporting requirement related to terrorism. The events at Fort Hood changed the focus of CI awareness and reporting from exclusively espionage to the potential terrorist associated insider threat. Rather than describing the radicalization process, the Army developed a set of indicators, or behaviors, that might be associated with a terrorist associated insider threat. For ease of reference for Soldiers who might hear or see something that may be reportable, AR 381-12 uses tables to organize the indicators of both terrorism and espionage.

Why is it important?

Lessons learned from Fort Hood include increased awareness of self-radicalization and an acknowledgment that the shooter exhibited behaviors in the months leading up to the shooting that should have triggered alarms in those who observed them. The success of the new threat awareness and reporting program is totally dependent on DA personnel knowing what, when and how to report. Reporting venues include the local CI office that supports the unit to which the Soldier is assigned and online reporting at iSALUTE and iWatch.

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

The U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM) is leading the development of robust and professional TARP training through subordinate commands in support of Army units worldwide. Over the next year, INSCOM will partner with TRADOC to provide interactive Web-based TARP training for all DA personnel. Additionally, INSCOM continues to work closely with other agencies to ensure the sharing of CI-related threat information across the Army and intelligence community. The new threat awareness program encourages vigilance, or "See Something, Say Something!"

Resources:

Army Regulation 381-12, Threat Awareness and Reporting Program (PDF)

Related STAND-TO! edition Nov. 10, 2010: Army Internal Follow-On Review of Force Protection

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