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Domestic Military Installation Force Protection: Setting the Conditions for Success

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Strategy research project

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This paper considers how to best resource force protection activities at domestic military installations. The paper considers and expands upon the following discussion points 1 The terrorist attack on U.S. soil on 11 September 2001 has greatly changed the paradigm of force protection operations at domestic military installations. 2 The funding for installation antiterrorism programs competes with other installation funding requirements and flow primarily through the Military Services. 3 Antiterrorism funding within the Defense Department was decidedly weighted to counter threats at installations and activities outside the U.S. 4 Commanders often misinterpret the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878 impeding the coordination and synchronization of force protection activities. The paper recommends the following 1 DoD policy should require quarterly vulnerability assessments by the local commander on all military installations within the U.S. and require annual oversight of all installation vulnerability assessments by the higher headquarters regardless of size. 2 DoD should undertake a comprehensive study of its counterintelligence and law enforcement agencies to identify best practices and also should adjust current policy allowing DoD intelligence personnel to provide dedicated analytical support to force protection. 3 DoD policy should include a required standard for the conduct of criticality assessment on all military installations. Policy should also address a new standard for Military Service Chiefs and CINCs to conduct criticality prioritization amongst all military installations under their authority and responsibility. 4 DoD policy should direct commanders to resource all personnel requirements to enable implementation of FPCON BRAVO without routine augmentation from non-security force tenant units.

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  • Defense Systems
  • Unconventional Warfare

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