Antiterrorism Theme - Leaders' Roles in Antiterrorism

Friday September 30, 2011

What is it?

The Army antiterrorism theme for the first quarter, fiscal year 2012 (1Q/FY12) -- Leaders' Roles in Antiterrorism-- focuses on enhancing leaders' understanding of roles and responsibilities in executing and supporting antiterrorism plans and programs.

Why is it important to the Army?

Antiterrorism is a mission. All leaders have the responsibility to develop and sustain antiterrorism protective measures aimed at accomplishing that mission. Senior leaders have a significant role in antiterrorism protection. The antiterrorism awareness products developed to support this quarterly theme provide a reference guide for leaders and their roles.

Areas to focus on throughout the quarter include: leaders' understanding of their role and responsibility throughout all aspects of the antiterrorism program, educating and promoting antiterrorism awareness within the Army community, and understanding and identifying indicators of high risk behavior.

Antiterrorism awareness products supporting the theme are on Army Knowledge Online. Examples include: tips for antiterrorism training, developing antiterrorism plans and exercises, implementing force protection conditions and random antiterrorism measures, antiterrorism considerations for in-transit forces, tenant unit responsibilities, and antiterrorism measures in contracting. Other products focus on terrorist threat awareness, awareness information for families, and lessons learned. New products which support the theme include:
Leaders' Roles and Responsibilities in Antiterrorism (primer)
Leadership support to iWATCH Army (poster)
Leaders Guide to Preventing the Escalation of Violence (brochure)
Small Unit Leaders Card for Antiterrorism

What is the Army doing?

The recent publication of FM 3-37.2, Antiterrorism (February 2011), establishes antiterrorism principles (assess, detect, warn, defend, and recover), integrates antiterrorism within the combating terrorism framework and protection warfighting function, and builds on the Army's effective operations and intelligence processes. Antiterrorism awareness themes and initiatives throughout FY12 will include ways to operationalize antiterrorism doctrine throughout the force.

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

The antiterrorism awareness themes for the remainder of FY12 include:
Suspicious activity reporting (2Q/FY12): emphasizes eGuardian (terrorist threat reporting system) and continued implementation of iWATCH Army (terrorist awareness program)
Antiterrorism measures in contracting (3Q/FY12): supports a specific goal within the Army Antiterrorism Strategic Plan
Know your surroundings (4Q/FY12): emphasizes situational awareness as a critical element of protection as well as our ability to leverage every Army community member as a "sensor"

Resources:

AKO Log-in required Army Antiterrorism Enterprise Portal (ATEP) and iWATCH Army

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