“OPSEC is a vital element inprotecting the Army’s soldiers andmissions, and I want to stress howvital a role every member of the teamplays in ensuring that we deny ouradversaries potentially usefulinformation.“Whether we are on duty or offduty, we cannot afford to let ourguard down. Your diligence in OPSECis key to ensuring our effectiveness inoperations and our collective safety.Together, we will succeed.”
Maj. Gen. Keith B. AlexanderCommanding GeneralU.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command
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 soldiers to get it. They will be concentrating on the family member as well.
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.