Antiterrorism Theme - Threat Fusion

Monday October 1, 2012

What is it?

The Army antiterrorism theme for the first quarter, fiscal year 2013 (1Q/FY13) -- Threat Fusion -- focuses on enhancing information sharing and analysis to improve our ability to assess the terrorist threat, in order to support commanders' decisions about the appropriate protection conditions and risk mitigation measures for military operations. Ultimately, the outcome of effective threat information fusion is the prevention of terrorist activities.

Why is it important to the Army?

Threat fusion is the process used to manage the flow of information and intelligence across multiple levels to integrate information for analysis. The process relies on the active involvement of Army law enforcement personnel and agencies to provide the input of raw information for intelligence analysis. The use of eGuardian as the DOD authorized threat and suspicious activity reporting system provides one example of the way information flows to support threat fusion.

What is the Army doing?

Areas to focus on in support of the quarterly theme include: improving suspicious activity identification and reporting procedures; enhancing threat information sharing within the Army Intelligence and Law Enforcement communities as well as with the other DOD services, agencies, and combatant commands; and increasing the effectiveness of threat information sharing between military and civilian law enforcement agencies.

Antiterrorism awareness products supporting this theme are available on Army Knowledge Online, Army Antiterrorism Enterprise Portal (ATEP). Examples include: FM 3-37.2, Antiterrorism, February 2011; Unit Antiterrorism Officer Handbook, September 2010; Antiterrorism Tactics Techniques and Procedures for Standalone Facilities, January 2012; and eGuardian Threat and Suspicious Activity Reporting, released in December 2011.

Recently developed products which support the theme and are posted to ATEP include:
- An article published in the Fall 2012 (Sept. 12) issue of the Military Police bulletin titled "The Terrorist Threat and Information Sharing"
- Information Paper titled "Threat Information Sharing in Support of Army Antiterrorism"
- Vignettes demonstrating the importance of threat information sharing among law enforcement agencies

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

The antiterrorism awareness quarterly themes continue throughout FY13. The other themes include:
- Army Cyber Threat (2Q/FY13): Incorporating cyber threat into antiterrorism protective measures
- Antiterrorism Strategic Planning (3Q/FY13): Issuance of a revised strategy from the Department and subsequent updating of Army subordinate commands' strategic plans
- Use of Social Media (4Q/FY13): Advantages, limitations and use of social media for antiterrorism awareness initiatives


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