Security increased at DOD facilities

The force protection level was ratcheted up last week at Defense Department facilities in the continental United States, according to a release from DOD News.

The U.S. Northern Command on May 8 raised the protection level at all DOD facilities nationwide from Alpha, which applies when an increased general and unpredictable terrorist threat exists against personnel or facilities, to Bravo, which applies when an increased or more predictable threat of terrorist activity exists, the article stated. The highest force protection level is Delta, which applies in an immediate area where a terrorist attack has occurred or is imminent.

Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren declined to go into the specifics behind the level increase out of concerns that public release of such information could aid adversaries.

Among other things, the higher security level will mean closer checking of those entering DOD facilities, increased awareness of personnel at facilities, more random protection measures, and in some cases, an increase in security personnel, DOD said. It also could mean longer lines entering posts, camps and stations.

Reader comments

Fri, May 15, 2015

They didn't tell us about raising our levels. I work for USACE in the south. It seems noone here is concerned about such things. I wonder if it was just raised at the local base. We work at a major dam and lake recreation area.

Tue, May 12, 2015

I find it somewhat ironic that DOD and other agencies announce when security has been heightened.

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