Antiterrorism Awareness Theme - 'Know Your Surroundings'

Friday June 29, 2012

What is it?

Antiterrorism awareness themes focus on instilling Army-wide heightened awareness and vigilance to prevent and protect our communities from acts of terrorism. Understanding and sustaining knowledge of the immediate surrounding environment represents the foundation of antiterrorism awareness.

Why is it important to the Army?

Because the threat of terrorist attack against our nation and our Army is real, antiterrorism awareness is a critical aspect of our profession, both on and off duty. The continued protection of our facilities and our people requires the eternal vigilance of every member of our Army family. By sustaining awareness the community acts as sensors and an extension of our police and security forces.

What is the Army doing?

In 2008, the Office of Provost Marshal General (OPMG) established an antiterrorism awareness initiative to instill a heightened sense of awareness and vigilance. Since that time, OPMG has developed extensive informational products and tools to assist commanders and managers responsible for the protection of installations, standalone facilities, and operational forces.

A wide variety of antiterrorism awareness products and tools are available on AKO and Army OneSource. Examples of products include: antiterrorism and iWATCH Army poster series; antiterrorism awareness and iWATCH Army videos and public service announcements; active shooter brochure and wallet card; antiterrorism awareness information for parents, children, and family readiness groups; antiterrorism awareness training presentations; and extensive information on personal protective measures.

The primary areas of focus for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2012 (4Q/FY12) theme include: understanding the threat environment, the importance of individual situational awareness and protective measures, and ensuring all members of the Army community are familiar with iWATCH Army and suspicious activity reporting procedures. By assuring individual, proactive awareness of their surroundings, Army community members serve as sensors for a broad range of threats.

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

On May 3, 2012, the Army released an executive order to conduct Antiterrorism Awareness Month in August 2012 and this year marks the third annual observance. The purpose of Antiterrorism Awareness Month includes:
- Reinforcing the importance of suspicious activity reporting - iWATCH Army and iSALUTE
- Understand the threat analysis process and indicators of possible terrorist activities
- Establishing clear understanding of procedures for dissemination of threat information
- Reinforcing the importance of the asset criticality assessments and the process

Resources:

AKO log in required: Army Antiterrorism Enterprise Portal and iWATCH Army
iWATCH Army - "See Something, Say Something"
Army OneSource
STAND-TO!: iWATCH ARMY
STAND-TO!: Antiterrorism Awareness Theme - Integrating Antiterrorism and Operations Security into the Contract Support Process (3QFY12)

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