Throughout the month of August 2013, Fort Irwin and all United States Army installations, facilities and forces will focus their efforts to heighten awareness and vigilance to prevent and protect Army communities from acts of terrorism. By integrating Antiterrorism doctrinal principles with constant AT awareness the Army ensures the safety and security of its people while ensuring mission success.
What is it?
The Army’s AT program protects personnel, information, property and facilities in all locations and situations against terrorist activities. The purpose of AT Awareness Month is to instill Army-wide heightened awareness and vigilance to prevent and protect Army communities from acts of terrorism. To prepare for long-term protection from terrorist activities, the Army must embed AT awareness, training, leader development, and education across the force. That level of awareness and vigilance is our most certain defense against terrorists.
Why is this important to the Army?
Antiterrorism awareness empowers the entire Army (units, leaders, Soldiers, DA civilians, Families and contractors) to take prevention measures and encourages each individual to serve as a sensor — continuously aware of and reporting suspicious activity. This year AT awareness month focuses on high priority areas such as recognizing and reporting suspicious activity that may be associated with terrorism (iWATCH Army and eGuardian), threat analysis and information sharing, leveraging the command information program and public affairs support to the AT program, and reinforcing the importance of asset-criticality assessments in order to understand the overall risk and inform resource allocation decisions.
What is the Army doing?
Some of the Army’s most significant AT initiatives for fiscal year 2013 include continued implementation of iWATCH Army, efforts to integrate AT and Operations Security in the contract support process and an increased focus on the protection of stand-alone facilities. The latter two initiatives include the recent development of handbooks which provide guidance, tactics, techniques and procedures aimed at closing possible security gaps. In support of AT awareness month and the overall AT awareness campaign, the Department of the Army, Office of the Provost Marshal General developed more than 100 products and tools to support the field. These products are available on the Army OPMG Antiterrorism Enterprise Portal (search terms: Army OPMG ATEP on AKO). Other on-going initiatives which support the AT program include: increased AT awareness associated with cyber threats; revision of the Army’s AT Strategic Plan, and; continued integration of AT into the Army Protection Program.