Antiterrorism Awareness Theme - <i>Integrating Antiterrorism and Operations Security into the Contract Support Process</i>

Friday March 30, 2012

What is it?

The Antiterrorism Awareness theme for third quarter of fiscal year 2012 is Integrating Antiterrorism and Operations Security into the Contract Support Process. This theme promotes heightened awareness of the risks associated within the contract support process and the need to improve collaboration between units requiring contract support and the contracting agency that issues the contract.

Why is it important to the Army?

Recent attacks remind us that terrorists do not distinguish between combatants and noncombatants and may select targets specifically to effect military operations. To achieve successful attacks, terrorists seek to exploit gaps in security -- Army contract support services represent one such possibility. Terrorists posing as contractors or exploiting a security gap in a contracted service could attack Army operations at unsuspected times and locations. Additionally, contractor employees may also become targets for terrorist attack. Given the threat of terrorism, the 3Q/FY12 antiterrorism awareness theme seeks to close the gap in the contract support process to mitigate the risk of terrorist activities.

What is the Army doing?

On Jan. 25, 2012, the Office of Provost Marshal General in conjunction with the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Procurement published a desk reference guide titled, Integrating Antiterrorism and Operations Security (OPSEC) into the Contract Support Process. The desk reference includes tactics, techniques, and procedures aimed at closing possible security gaps. It also includes a new requirement for an Antiterrorism/OPSEC cover sheet as part of the process of submitting the contract requirements package.

Areas for requiring activities (antiterrorism and OPSEC officers) and contracting agencies to focus on for this theme include: familiarization with the desk reference, understanding how Antiterrorism/OPSEC considerations are integrated in the contract support process, review of the recently released HQDA ALARACT message (015/2012, DTG 241639Z Jan 12) which details the requirement to use the Antiterrorism/OPSEC cover sheet, and review of the recently released PARC Policy Alert #12-22: Integrating Antiterrorism (AT) and Operations Security (OPSEC) Contract Support Desk Reference.

Additional awareness products supporting the theme include an iWATCH Army poster focused on the contract support process and an iWATCH Army training card for units to provide to contractors after they receive iWATCH familiarization training. The referenced products, and much more antiterrorism information, are available on the Army Antiterrorism Enterprise Portal.

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

The 4Q/FY12 antiterrorism theme is Know Your Surroundings " this theme will focus on unit and individual awareness of the terrorist threat and security environment. In addition, the Office of the Provost Marshal General is in the process of revising the department's Antiterrorism Strategic Plan which guides all Army elements toward improved antiterrorism.

Resources:

AKO log-in required: Army Antiterrorism Enterprise Portal and iWATCH Army
STAND-TO!: Antiterrorism Theme - Suspicious Activity Reporting

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