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Antiterrorism Synchronization

Monday March 31, 2014

What is it?

The Army antiterrorism theme for the quarter three of fiscal year (3Q/FY14), April through June, is Antiterrorism Synchronization. Joint Pub 2.0, Joint Intelligence, defines synchronization as the arrangement of military actions in time, space, and purpose to produce maximum relative combat power at a decisive place and time.

From an antiterrorism perspective, maximizing relative combat power equates to the application of available resources that, when taken together, aim to prevent a terrorist attack and effectively respond if necessary. An antiterrorism plan is the physical outcome of this synchronization. Synchronization occurs across the antiterrorism community at all levels of command, at all locations, and across the full range of military operations.

What is the Army doing?

The Army’s antiterrorism community is focused on synchronizing and information sharing with the broader Army Protection Program. New awareness products include:

  • -Understanding information sharing and collaborative planning through the effective integration of tenant units/activities, working groups, and antiterrorism coordinators
  • -Understanding how to leverage the extensive resources of Army community families to enhance antiterrorism awareness
  • -Understanding the process, flow, and use of suspicious activity reporting information

The Antiterrorism Enterprise Portal (ATEP) contains extensive products and resources for antiterrorism awareness including the most recent products supporting the 3Q/FY14 theme:

  • -Antiterrorism Synchronization Paper
  • -Threat Information Synchronization Paper
  • -Awareness Information for Commanders and Family Readiness Groups Booklet

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

Effective March 31, 2014, the Army Threat Integration Center (ARTIC) has reached full operational capability (FOC) as the Army’s global threat information sharing hub, focused on internal and external threats, providing real-time support for current operations. This transformation is in response to lessons learned from the Fort Hood Army Internal Review Team: Final Report (AIRT) and has enabled Army-wide efforts to integrate disparate sources of data to provide a threat common operating picture for commanders and force protection officials.

The 4Q/FY14 antiterrorism theme is Organization and Individual Protective Measures. In addition, the senior Army leadership has declared August 2014 as the fifth annual Antiterrorism Awareness Month. Awareness products supporting these key focus areas will be developed by June 1, 2014, and posted to ATEP for use at the installation, standalone facility, and unit level.

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 remain vigilant.


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