Opsec Please Read And Keep Our Men Safe!

I know some people are new to the Navy and military life but one of the most important people to your loved one is YOU.  My husband is in the Navy also and I treasure him coming home safe to me.  PLEASE, as a reminder, be careful what you post over the internet!  There are people out there searching around on here to find out information to take our men or their families out.  It's been recently rumored that families are being targeted.  In case you are wondering what you can and can't say, here is a guideline for you:



What is OPSEC?



Operations Security, or OPSEC, is keeping potential adversaries from discovering our critical information. As the name suggests, it protects our operations planned, in progress, and those completed. Success depends on secrecy and surprise, so the military can accomplish the mission faster and with less risk. Our adversaries want our information, and they don't concentrate on only sailors to get it. They want you, the family member.



Protecting Critical Information



Even though information may not be secret, it can be what we call critical information. Critical information deals with specific facts about military intentions, capabilities, operations or activities. If an adversary knew this detailed information, our mission accomplishment and personnel safety could be jeopardized. It must be protected to ensure an adversary doesn't gain a significant advantage. By being a member of the military family, you! u will often know some bits of critical information. Do not discuss them outside of your immediate family and especially not over the telephone.



Examples Of Critical Information



Detailed information about the mission of assigned units.

Details on locations and times of unit deployments.

Personnel transactions that occur in large numbers (Example: pay information, powers of attorney, wills, deployment information).

References to trends in unit morale or personnel problems.

Details concerning security procedures.



Puzzle Pieces



These bits of information may seem insignificant. However, to a trained adversary, they are small pieces of a puzzle that highlight what were doing and planning. Remember, the elements of security and surprise are vital to the accomplishment of our goals and our collective personnel protection.



Where and how you discuss this information is just as important as with whom you discuss it. Adverse agents tasked with collecting information frequently visit some of the same stores, clubs, recreational areas, or places of worship as you do.

Determined individuals can easily collect data from cordless and cellular phones, and even baby monitors, using inexpensive receivers available from local electronics stores.

If anyone, especially a foreign national, persistently seeks information, notify your military sponsor immediately. He or she will notify the unit OPSEC program manager.



What Can You Do?



There are many countries and organizations that would like to harm Americans and degrade our influence in the world. It's possible, and not unprecedented, for spouses and family members of U.S. military personnel to be targeted for intelligence collection. This is true in the United States and especially true overseas! What can you do?





Foreign governments and organizations collect significant amounts of useful information by using spies. A foreign agent may use a variety of approaches to befriend someone and get sensitive information. This sensitive information can be critical to the success of a terrorist or spy, and consequently deadly to Americans.



Thank you ladies and remember LOOSE LIPS SINK SHIPS!!!

3in1try 3in1try
36-40, F
Mar 3, 2010