Tuesday, July 1, 2014
What is it?
The Army antiterrorism awareness theme for quarter four of fiscal year 2014 (4Q/FY14), July through September, is Organization and Individual Protective Measures to prevent and counter the terrorist threat. Organization and individual protective measures represent the first line of defense against terrorist activities. Examples (not all inclusive) of active protective measures range from random antiterrorism measures at entry control points and critical facilities, antiterrorism awareness training, exercises to assess readiness to defend against a terrorist attack, and protective measures for personnel traveling overseas to high threat areas.
What has the Army done?
For this quarter, the Army's antiterrorism community is focused on multiple efforts including: antiterrorism assessments; training and exercises intended to address evolving threat tactics including active shooter and swarm attacks; antiterrorism awareness and community outreach to include Army families; and suspicious activity reporting (iWATCH Army).
The Antiterrorism Enterprise Portal (ATEP), see resources section below, contains extensive products and resources for antiterrorism awareness. Products supporting this quarterly theme include:
What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
The senior Army leadership has declared August 2014 as the fifth annual Antiterrorism Awareness Month. Awareness products supporting the focus areas for this commemorative event are posted to ATEP for use at the installation, standalone facility, and unit level.
The Army is also in the process of establishing antiterrorism themes for fiscal year 2015 (FY15) to maintain focused and effective antiterrorism awareness initiatives for high priority areas. A message announcing the FY15 themes will be released in July.
Why is this important to the Army?
Given the persistent threat of terrorism the Army's antiterrorism efforts must remain proactive and the entire Army community must be involved and remain vigilant.
Quote for the Day
At our height, we had 570,000 people in the Army; today we have 503,000, and if sequestration continues to work its sinister effect on the Army, we'll be down to 420,000.
- Under Secretary of the Army Brad R. Carson during an Association of the U.S. Army breakfast June 26, 2014.
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