Terrorism - Protecting Standalone Facilities

Friday April 13, 2012

What is it?

The protection of Standalone Facilities (SAF) is a critical element of the Army's antiterrorism program focused on protecting personnel, information, and facilities against potential terrorist activities. The methods to protect SAFs are considerably more complex than those measures taken to protect Army installations. SAFs (such as recruiting stations and Reserve/Guard facilities) are embedded in civilian communities and often do not have same level of protection as typically assigned to Army installations. This shortfall, without mitigation could make them more vulnerable. While some SAFs have barriers that define an operational area, most are an integral part of their environment and have no organic security or emergency response capabilities. As such, most are dependent upon the local community for security and threat information support.

Why is it important to the Army?

In an era of persistent, asymmetric threat -- including the potential for terrorist activity -- protecting SAFs against a terrorist attack presents a particular challenge. Recent reports and actions indicate an increased likelihood of attacks against SAFs from homegrown violent extremists and terrorists. The terrorist threat has adapted to more vulnerable targets such as transportation systems, community gatherings, hotels, and facilities which present greater opportunities for successful attacks. Because SAFs are embedded in the community and often represent an obvious visual image of the U.S. military, they could be the most likely terrorist target across the Army community.

What is the Army doing?

Because protecting SAFs is a unique challenge and high priority for the Army antiterrorism (AT) program, in January 2012, the Office of Provost Marshal General (OPMG) published a new handbook of "Antiterrorism Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures for Standalone Facilities," which provides guidance to assist in building antiterrorism programs for these facilities. The handbook supplements antiterrorism policy and doctrine to help build viable defenses to prevent terrorist attacks. The handbook is also available for downloading on the OPMG Army AT Enterprise Portal (ATEP) on AKO (see the resources link below).

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

Additional priorities for the Army AT awareness program include:

- 3QFY12: "Integrating Antiterrorism and Operations Security into the Contract Support Process" -- which includes a recently publish desk reference guide

- 4QFY12: "Know Your Surroundings" -- which reinforces the importance of understanding the security environment


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