A Self-Help Guide to Antiterrorism” by Navy Adm. Michael G. Mullen

This guide is designed to assist in mak­ing you and your fam­i­ly less vul­ner­a­ble to ter­ror­ists. You should review its con­tents and incor­po­rate pro­tec­tive mea­sures applic­a­ble to your par­tic­u­lar sit­u­a­tion. It is impor­tant that you ensure all mem­bers of your fam­i­ly are made aware ofthis valu­able infor­ma­tion so they not only pro­tect them­selves, but also become an inte­gral part of the over­all com­mu­ni­ty force pro­tec­tion effort.

Ter­ror­ists gen­er­ate fear through intim­i­da­tion, coer­cion, and acts of vio­lence such as bomb­ings, hijack­ings, or kid­nap­pings. As recent events have shown, ter­ror­ists have reached new lev­els of orga­ni­za­tion, sophis­ti­ca­tion, and vio­lence, often tar­get­ing mem­bers of the Depart­ment of Defense and their fam­i­lies. Their tac­tics and tech­niques are also con­tin­u­al­ly chang­ing and will con­tin­ue to be a chal­lenge to pre­dict and neu­tral­ize. Accord­ing­ly, we must remain vigilant.

You and your fam­i­ly are a vital, yet vul­ner­a­ble mil­i­tary resource. Use of this guide and these proven secu­ri­ty habits will not ensure immu­ni­ty from ter­ror­ist attacks but should reduce the pos­si­bil­i­ty of becom­ing a tar­get. Defen­sive aware­ness and per­son­al secu­ri­ty are respon­si­bil­i­ties of every­one assigned to the Depart­ment of Defense. Your over­all aware­ness will not only help to pro­tect your fam­i­ly but will also increase the secu­ri­ty of all mem­bers ofthe mil­i­tary family. 

by Michael G. Mullen
Admi­ral, U.S. Navy 

Table of Con­tents

  • Gen­er­al Secu­ri­ty Checklist
  • Home and Fam­i­ly Security
  • Force Pro­tec­tion Conditions
  • House­hold Secu­ri­ty Checklist
  • Oper­a­tional Secu­ri­ty Guid­ance for Fam­i­ly Members
  • Ground Trans­porta­tion Security
  • Tips for Defen­sive Air Travel
  • Tips for Active Shoot­er Response
  • Tak­en Hostage — You Can Survive!
  • Respond­ing to Chem­i­cal Threats
  • Respond­ing to Bio­log­i­cal Threats
  • Respond­ing to Radi­o­log­i­cal Threats

Sec­tion II

  • Iso­lat­ed Per­son­nel Guidance
  • Mil­i­tary Personnel
  • DOD Civil­ians and Contractors
  • Spe­cial Guidance
  • Per­son­al Data
  • Antiter­ror­ism Points of Contact

Sec­tion I

Gen­er­al Secu­ri­ty Check­list

  • Keep a low pro­file. Your dress, con­duct, and man­ner­isms should not attract atten­tion. Make an effort to blend into the local envi­ron­ment. Avoid pub­lic­i­ty and do not go out in large groups. Stay away from civ­il dis­tur­bances and demonstrations.
  • Be unpre­dictable. Vary dai­ly rou­tines, such as your route to and from work and the time you leave and return home. Vary the way you dress. Do not exer­cise at the same time and place each day. Nev­er exer­cise alone, on desert­ed streets or coun­try roads. Let peo­ple close to you know where you are going, what you will be doing, and when you should be back.
  • Be alert for any­thing sus­pi­cious or out of place. Do not give per­son­al infor­ma­tion over the tele­phone. If you think you are being fol­lowed, go to a pre-select­ed secure area such as a mil­i­tary base or police sta­tion. Imme­di­ate­ly report the inci­dent to the mil­i­tary police, secu­ri­ty forces, or law enforce­ment agen­cies. In over­seas areas with­out such agen­cies, report sus­pi­cious inci­dents to the secu­ri­ty offi­cer or the mil­i­tary attaché at the U.S. Embassy. Instruct your fam­i­ly and asso­ciates not to pro­vide strangers with infor­ma­tion about you or your family.
  • Avoid giv­ing unnec­es­sary per­son­al details to any­one unless his or her iden­ti­ty can be verified.
  • Report all sus­pi­cious per­sons loi­ter­ing near your office or in unau­tho­rized areas. Attempt to pro­vide a com­plete descrip­tion of the per­son and/or vehi­cle to police or secu­ri­ty per­son­nel. Con­sid­er tak­ing a pho­to­graph of the per­son if it can be done discreetly.
  • Advise asso­ciates or fam­i­ly mem­bers of your des­ti­na­tion and antic­i­pat­ed time of arrival when leav­ing the office or home.
  • Do not open doors to strangers and report unso­licit­ed con­tacts to author­i­ties. Refuse to meet with strangers out­side your work place.
  • Pre-pro­gram cell phones or mem­o­rize key phone num­bers — office, home, police, secu­ri­ty, etc.
  • Be cau­tious about giv­ing out infor­ma­tion regard­ing fam­i­ly trav­el plans or secu­ri­ty mea­sures and procedures.
  • When over­seas, learn and prac­tice a few key phras­es in the local lan­guage, such as “I need a police officer/doctor.”

You can down­load the com­plete self-help guide as a .pdf-file here: “A Self-Help Guide to Antiter­ror­ism” by Navy Adm. Michael G. Mullen

U.S. Depart­ment of Defense
Office of the Assis­tant Sec­re­tary of Defense (Pub­lic Affairs) 

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