OPSEC RULES: READ THIS BEFORE YOU START POSTING. ITS TAKEN SERIOUSLY.

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OPSEC RULES: READ THIS BEFORE YOU START POSTING. ITS TAKEN SERIOUSLY.

Post by Tate on Tue Nov 10, 2009 12:29 pm

OPSEC RULES

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?

Be Alert

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.

Be Careful

There may be times when your spouse cannot talk about the specifics of his or her job. It's very important to conceal and protect certain information such as flight schedules, ship movements, temporary duty (TDY) locations, and installation activities, for example. Something as simple as a phone discussion about where your spouse is deploying, or going TDY, can be very useful to our enemies.

OPSEC IS A FAMILY AFFAIR - DISCUSS OPSEC WITH YOUR FAMILY

All Family Members Are Part Of The Military OPSEC Team. They Need To Protect Information To Ensure The Safety Of All Our Soldiers, Sailors, Airman, Coast Guards, Civilians, And their Families.

You Are A Vital Player In Our Success!

As a family member of our military community, you are a vital player in our success, and we couldn't do our job without your support. You may not know it, but you also play a crucial role in ensuring your loved one safety. You can protect your family and friends by protecting what you know of the military day-to-day operations. That's OPSEC.

There are a few other things we would like to remind you about OPSEC. When posting pictures please be sure to black out anything that has your last name on it (or your SO). I.E. name tags. Don't discuss people's names and billets in conjunction with operations. Please don't discuss halfway points or discuss percentages. (example: there is only 20% left on this deployment) This is very important!! ALSO WE DO NOT ALLOW COUNTDOWNS tickers here on Military Support. You CAN have COUNTUP tickers.

Thank You


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Re: OPSEC RULES: READ THIS BEFORE YOU START POSTING. ITS TAKEN SERIOUSLY.

Post by Kala on Tue Nov 10, 2009 12:40 pm

read

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Post by MrsRoboto on Tue Nov 10, 2009 2:19 pm

Cool. Thumbs Up

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Post by Liz on Tue Nov 10, 2009 6:12 pm

Thanks Tate! Thumbs Up

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Post by Jeannette on Mon Jan 04, 2010 3:40 pm

Just bumping this up for new members to read.

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Post by belovedreamery on Tue Jan 05, 2010 3:53 pm

Read, thank you! Smile

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Post by Jeannette on Tue Jan 05, 2010 3:54 pm

Woot

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Post by Kelly on Wed Jan 13, 2010 4:24 pm

read!

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Post by Guest on Wed Jan 20, 2010 3:54 pm

Read! And understood. They were doing that on a missions website and people were admonishing others for talking about information that hadn't been made public yet. People need to think before posting. Thanks for posting this.

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Thank u

Post by Guest on Sat May 01, 2010 7:14 pm

Done thanks!

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Post by jmetz4 on Sun May 02, 2010 11:00 am

What I find odd is the amount of guys in Chris' platoon that didn't understand or listen to these...

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Post by Tate on Fri Mar 25, 2011 4:40 pm

Bumping up ...you know just cause.

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Post by LaDonna on Mon Mar 28, 2011 9:01 am

Nice job Tate! Smile

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Post by sayresarah4164 on Wed Apr 25, 2012 11:21 pm

is it ok to post on fb about how long they have until they leave for basic?

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Post by Kelly on Wed Apr 25, 2012 11:54 pm

not sure about the rules for basic but just to be safe dont put a specific date on there

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