Although antiterrorism awareness should always be a priority, Antiterrorism Awareness month reminds us to renew our commitment to the vigilance required to prevent terrorist attacks and protect our employees, locations, and operations from acts of terror.
Terrorism is a persistent threat to our nation and Antiterrorism Awareness training is the first level of defense. The JS -US007-Level I Antiterrorism Awareness Training course on JKO is consistently one of the highest utilized courses on JKO, receiving over 800k completions a year. The course is sponsored by the Joint Staff in coordination with the Military Services to meet the annual requirement for Level I Antiterrorism Training prescribed by DoDI 2000.16, DoD Antiterrorism (AT) Standards.
The purpose of the training is to protect DoD personnel, their families, installations, facilities, information, and other material resources from terrorist acts. The course is designed to increase awareness of terrorism and to improve one’s ability to apply personal protective measures.
Services and Combatant Commands may utilize this course on the JKO LMS for annual training and/or pre-deployment, but it is also available for family members deploying with service members, via stand-alone non-CAC enabled training. The stand-alone version is available on the login page of the JKO LMS.
This type of awareness is vitally important both at home and abroad, and the online course provides links to resources that can be used at any time. Awareness is not limited to your workspace or local area; it should be a part of any travel, official or unofficial. Understand the culture where you are traveling and review current travel warnings.
Trust your instincts; if a behavior or activity makes you feel uncomfortable, REPORT IT.
Although this is not an all-inclusive list, these are some of the observations provided by the Defense Logistics Agency to report to local law enforcement:
• People drawing or measuring important buildings
• Strangers asking questions about security forces or security procedures
• An unattended briefcase, suitcase, backpack, or package
• Cars or trucks left in No Parking zones in front of important buildings.
• Intruders found in secure areas
• A person wearing clothes that are too big and bulky and/or too hot for the weather
• Chemical smells or fumes that worry you
• A person who is asking questions about sensitive information such as building blueprints, security plans, or VIP schedules without a right or need to know
• Purchasing supplies or equipment that can be used to make bombs or weapons or purchasing uniforms without having the proper credentials
Provide as many details as possible. Here is a quick checklist:
• Date and time
• Where it happened
• What you witnessed
• A description of who was involved
• Height and build
• Hair color, skin color, age
• Language(s) spoken
• Was there a car? Note the license plate number
• Have you seen this activity before?
Remember to remain vigilant, pay attention to your surroundings, report any suspicious activities, and don’t expect someone else has already done so. Report all potential risks so investigative actions can occur.
Read more about how others are using JKO’s Antiterrorism Training.