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OPSEC: Operational Security

Many have said that I go overboard where OPSEC is concerned. My take on that is that it is impossible to be TOO cautious. Many people do not take it seriously enough and you just never know when what seems to be an insignificant piece of information to you gave the terrorist the last piece they needed to make it all come together.

Read this recent article that specifically pertains to the Navy but really it is about our military as a whole:

http://hamptonroads.com/2010/01/trend-surfaces-islamist-web-sites-soliciting-info-ships

Quoted from the article:

One Dec. 30 posting on the forum Al-Falluja directed readers to gather intelligence on U.S. Navy targets.

“My Muslim brothers, do not underestimate the importance of any piece of information, as simple as it may seem; the mujahideen, the lions of monotheism, may be able to use it in ways that have not occurred to you.”….

…”Anyone who thinks our enemies don’t monitor what our sailors, families and commands are doing via the Internet and social media had better open their eyes,” Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Rick West said in an article posted Wednesday on the Navy’s Web site.

“But we’re not talking about ‘loose lips sinking ships’ anymore; it’s more than that. Our enemies are advanced and as technologically savvy as they’ve ever been. They’re looking for personal information about our sailors, our families and our day-to-day activities as well as ways to turn that information into maritime threats.”

About the author: Stacey is an Army wife of a soldier who joined in 2003. He has since been medically retired but she continues to provide information to Army wives and families to make their adjustment to the Army lifestyle easier. Connect with Stacey: Facebook Twitter Pinterest

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  • Amber January 8, 2010, 4:21 pm

    I’m hypervigilant about this issue. At first I was even hesitant to post his BCT grad date, until I realized the base posts it.
    I would rather be “secretive” and offend people who I tell it’s “none of your business” than put my husband at risk. Period.

  • Armywives101 January 11, 2010, 10:21 pm

    I absolutely agree. I mod several forums as well as run a blog where I answer spouses questions and I sometimes can’t believe the amount of spouses who either don’t know or just don’t adhere to OPSEC. In fact I just tweeted about this yesterday. Thanks for the post and reminder!

  • Ann Marie @ Household6Diva January 25, 2010, 4:01 am

    I’ve been working on an OPSEC post for these very reasons! Thanks for sharing this article!

  • Stacey February 4, 2010, 10:08 am

    I’d love to see your post after you finish it!

  • Jeri February 5, 2010, 5:18 am

    Thank you for this article. I’m currently researching military spouse bloggers for an article and I’ve been dismayed to find the dozens and dozens of spouses that have total disregard for the safety of their spouse and their families as well. I hope many people see your post!

  • stephanie March 24, 2010, 1:27 am

    i so agree with you…it amazes me how many ppl dont even know about OPSEC

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