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Antiterrorism Awareness Quarterly Theme -- Antiterrorism Training

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

What is it?

The Army antiterrorism awareness theme for the fourth quarter (July through September) fiscal 2015 (4Q/FY15) is antiterrorism training. The audience for this theme includes antiterrorism officers and Army leaders who plan and execute antiterrorism training. This theme overlaps and supports the observance of Antiterrorism Awareness Month which is observed in August.

What is the Army doing?

Training is critical to the Army’s antiterrorism readiness and the hallmark of our ability to assess, detect, defend, warn, and recover from acts of terrorism. Antiterrorism training, whether at the individual or collective level is fundamental to our preparedness and defense against the terrorist threat.

  • The focus areas for this quarterly awareness theme include:
  • – Increased community awareness of the risks associated with the use of social networking sites and protective measures
  • – Antiterrorism Awareness Level 1 Training which is required annually
  • – Antiterrorism training for regionally aligned forces
  • – Training for community members and emergency response forces in active shooter response
  • – iWATCH Army training for contractors and family members

The Army Antiterrorism Enterprise Portal (ATEP) provides extensive information and resources for the entire Army community. The Department’s Antiterrorism Branch posted the following new products and tools to support this quarterly theme.

  • – Social Media for Antiterrorism Awareness and Community Outreach (Volume 1)
  • – Precautions for the Use of Social Networking Sites for Antiterrorism Awareness and Community Outreach (Volume 2 produced in both FOUO and UNCLASS formats)
  • – Social media toolkit established on ATEP
  • – Antiterrorism Coordinator Guide
  • – Summary product highlighting the Washington Navy Yard active shooter lessons
  • – Updates to active shooter and suspicious activity reporting products
  • – Vignettes on Charlie Hebdo and Tunis museum attacks

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

In August 2015, the Army will observe its sixth annual Antiterrorism Awareness Month. In addition, the below themes are tentatively planned for FY16 (official message to follow).

  • – 1Q/FY16: Community Awareness
  • – 2Q/FY16: Physical Security
  • – 3Q/FY16: Measuring Antiterrorism Performance
  • – 4Q/FY16: Insider Threat

Why is it important to the Army?

As terrorist adopt new tactics, such as The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has with recent threats via social media, the Army must train and educate the community to counter those threats.


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