75th SFS Force Protection

This page is dedicated to Force Protection and Anti-Terrorism awareness. It is designed to provide base personnel with the basic guidance for the protection of personnel and USAF assets. Force Protection and Anti-Terrorism is everyone's job, through education and teamwork we can work to defeat this threat. The following paragraphs give a quick look at some measures which an individual can employ as part of his or her daily routine, whether at home or deployed, and is a source for additional information on Force Protection and Anti-Terrorism.

DoD DEFINITION: The calculated use of violence or threat of violence to inculcate fear; intended to coerce or try to intimidate governments or societies in the pursuit of goals that are generally political, religious, or ideological. (DoD O-2000.12-H)

DoD POLICY: "To protect DoD personnel and their families, facilities, and other material resources from terrorist acts." (DoD O-2000.12-H)\

General Information:

Our presence around the world has attracted anti-US attention resulting in hostile activities toward American civil, commercial, and governmental interests. DoD personnel and facilities are highly visible symbols of the American "system," as well as the US Government. We have, therefore, become targets, targets to those individuals or groups that oppose US Government support and policies both home and abroad.

Attacks have been undertaken by terrorist groups against DoD personnel, facilities, and material as a result of deliberate, rational, and logical assessment of the groups goals and objectives. While the individuals carrying out the attack may be considered to be fanatical, psychopathic, or unbalanced, the leadership which is executing a logical and purposeful course of action is not.

Terrorist groups exhibit many behaviors comparable to those used by militaries around the world. While terrorist groups may not possess sophisticated weapons comparable to those deployed by the world's militaries, their skills and resourcefulness should never be underestimated.

Terrorist Organizations:

Functional organizational structures are developed by terrorist groups based on the environment in which they operate. Security is these groups' primary consideration, due to the fact that by definition terrorist groups operate in a hostile environment. An isolated compartmentalized cellular structure is developed to optimize the need for security in the group. Each isolated cell performs independently in its functional area for the common goal. The cellular structure of the group provides optimum protection for all the members of the group. In the event of defection or capture, no one member can identify more than a few of the others.

These groups are tightly disciplined and structure themselves in a manner similar to military organizations. Tasks are organized and executed along clear lines of authority and function. Terrorist groups are categorized by government. Three general categories have gained acceptance:

Non-State Supported: A terrorist group that operates autonomously, receiving no significant support from any government.

State-Supported: A terrorist group that generally operates independently but receives support from one or more governments. These groups in the past received a wide range of assistance from their patrons. Such assistance has run the gamut from state-supported training facilities, sanctuaries, logistics and medical support, intelligence support, and direct financial aid.

State-Directed: The state is actively engaged in the organization and direction of the group's terrorist activities in addition to providing a level of support as mentioned above. These groups may have a much more disciplined, military-like organization, resulting in even better planning and execution of terrorist acts.

General Guidance:

Force Protection/Anti-Terrorism (FP/AT) is everyone's job. This site outlines general steps that can be taken by each and every person affiliated with the Department of Defense (DoD) to reduce or mitigate the dangers of becoming a victim of a terrorist attack.

US Government civilian and military personnel, as well as civilian contractors associated with the US Government are often targets for terrorist activity. Heads of DoD components have two major anti-terrorism responsibilities:

Provide as much security for personnel under their authority and control (to include dependents) consistent with threat, risk, vulnerability, critically assigned roles, missions, and resources; and Provide awareness information and educational materials to assist Service members, DoD civilians, and contractor personnel to prepare themselves and their dependents to reduce their individual risk and vulnerability to terrorist attack. While some antiterrorism precautions are more applicable overseas than in the Continental United States (CONUS), development of good security and antiterrorism habits is the key to personal safety for DoD personnel and their dependents. This site concerns itself with the second responsibility: awareness and education. This site is not a complete work on Force Protection / Anti-Terrorism measures or issues. It is only intended as a tool to provide awareness and education.

General Guidance for Individual Protective Measures: If you don't go any further, know these four basic principles.

*Overcome routines
*Maintain a low profile
*Be sensitive to, and changes in, the security atmosphere
*Be prepared for unexpected events