Army Antiterrorism

Monday January 23, 2012

What is it?

The Army's antiterrorism program protects personnel (Soldiers, members of other services, Department of the Army civilian employees, Department of Defense (DOD) contractors and family members of DOD employees), information, property, and facilities in all locations and situations against terrorism.

Why is it important to the Army?

Terrorism is an enduring, persistent, worldwide threat to our nation and our forces. Army forces (including installations, stand alone facilities and operational units) must be capable of deterring, preventing, and defending against the full range of terrorist tactics.

What is the Army doing?

The Office of the Provost Marshal General (OPMG) is hosting the Annual Worldwide Army Antiterrorism (AT) Conference, Jan. 30 - Feb. 3, 2012, at the Shades of Green Armed Forces Recreation Center in Orlando, Fl. This conference provides a forum for Army command, Army service component command, direct reporting unit, and Army National Guard AT representatives to share knowledge and reinforce program improvements over the last year. The goal is to educate and develop Army AT personnel, build synergy for AT strategic goals and initiatives, and involve AT officers in solving key issues impacting the program.

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

The OPMG's Antiterrorism Branch continues to implement an antiterrorism strategic communication plan and supporting initiatives which seek to instill Army-wide heightened awareness and vigilance to prevent and protect the Army community and critical resources from terrorist activities. The antiterrorism strategic communication plan establishes four broad themes: constant vigilance, timely threat reporting, knowledge of antiterrorism concepts and principles, and leadership emphasis.

To facilitate Army-wide community out-reach efforts, the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-3/5/7 designated quarterly themes to promote unified focus for priorities supporting the antiterrorism program. The themes for fiscal year 2012 ( FY12) include:
- 2QFY12: Suspicious activity reporting and implementation of eGuardian as the authorized DOD law enforcement suspicious activity reporting system.
- 3QFY12: Integrating antiterrorism and operations security into the contract support process.
- 4QFY12: "Know Your Surroundings" -- which reinforces the importance of individual situational awareness and understanding the security environment from a personal protective measures point of view.

On Jan. 25, 2012, OPMG's Antiterrorism Branch will release a new desk reference guide titled, Integrating Antiterrorism and Operations Security into the Contract Support Process. In February 2012, they will release a new handbook titled, Antiterrorism Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures for Stand Alone Facilities.


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