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November 23, 2012

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Antiterrorism theme ‘Threat Fusion’ focuses on assessing terrorist threat

The Army Antiterrorism theme for the first quarter of fiscal year 2013 is “Threat Fusion.”

Threat fusion focuses on enhancing information sharing and analysis to improve the Army’s ability to assess terrorist threats to support commanders’ decisions about the appropriate protection conditions and risk-mitigation measures for military operations.
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The threat fusion process is critical, first and foremost, because the U.S. military remains a high-priority target for a variety of terrorist groups. The Fort McCoy Force Protection and Threat Working Groups receive information contained within suspicious activity reports generated through iWATCH, the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security to develop an overall Fort McCoy Threat Assessment.

The Fort McCoy Threat Assessment supports local command decisions concerning Fort McCoy’s protection conditions and risk-mitigation measures specific to the installation’s activities and operations. Individuals can contribute to the threat fusion process by being alert to their environment, being able to detect anomalies, and then being willing to report. Learning what information to report, and how to report it is essential. Annual refresher training is provided for the entire Fort McCoy work force, and information also is available for Family members.

Here are examples of behaviors and activities to report:
• Unauthorized personnel drawing or measuring important buildings.
• Suspicious personnel asking questions about security forces or security procedures.
• A briefcase, suitcase, backpack or package left unattended.
• Cars or trucks left in “No Parking” zones in front of important buildings.
• Unauthorized personnel found in secure areas.
• A person wearing clothes that are too big and bulky, and/or too hot for the weather.
• Unexplained chemical smells or fumes.
• Questions about sensitive information, such as building blueprints, security plans or VIP travel 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.

When reporting suspicious activity or behavior, consider the following details:
• What type of activity?
• When did suspicious activity occur?
• Where did activity occur?
• How many people involved?
• How many vehicles involved?
• Describe what you saw.

The Fort McCoy Antiterrorism Office reminds the Fort McCoy community that reportable activity or behavior should be reported to the Directorate of Emergency Services when it involves Fort McCoy. In an emergency, call 911.

The iWATCH Banner remains on the Corporate Network, the Extranet and on the Fort McCoy homepage at www.mccoy.army.mil/.

For non-emergency reporting, contact the Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security in building 103 by calling 608-388-4719 and speaking with the Antiterrorism officer.

(Submitted by Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security Antiterrorism Office.)

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