PROTECTION CONDITION (FPCON)
General. The threat conditions
(FPCONs) outlined below describe the progressive level of a terrorist threat
to all US military facilities and personnel under DOD Directive O-2000.12.
As approved by the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the terminology
and definitions are recommended security measures designed to ease inter-Service
coordination and support of US military antiterrorism activities. The purpose
of the FPCON system is accessibility to, and easy dissemination of, appropriate
information. The declaration, reduction, and cancellation of FPCONs remain
the exclusive responsibility of the commanders specified in the order.
Although there is no direct correlation between threat information (e.g.,
Intelligence Summaries, Warning Reports, and Spot Reports) and FPCONs,
such information, coupled with the guidance provided below, assists commanders
in making prudent FPCON declarations. FPCONs may also be suffixed with
the geographic area deemed at risk. Once a FPCON is declared, the selected
security measures are implemented immediately. NOTE: When used in antiterrorism
plans, recommend that the information contained in this appendix be marked
"For Official Use Only" (FOUO) in accordance with DOD Regulation 5400.7-R,
October 1990. The DOD Directive O-2000.12 recommended measures are:
(formerly THREATCON) Definitions
Measures to be taken by Military
Members and Families
NORMAL Applies when there is no discernible terrorist activity. Under these
conditions, only a routine security posture, designed to defeat the routine
criminal threat, is warranted. The minimum FPCON for U.S. Army commands
This means that there is a general threat
of possible terrorist activity, but requires a routine security posture.
1. Maintain awareness, secure areas when
not in use (lock vehicle doors), maintain positive control of identification.
2. Be aware of anti-government demonstrations
in local villages (avoid large crowds).
ALPHA Applies when there is a general threat of possible threat activity
against personnel and/or installations, the nature and extent of which
is unpredictable, and circumstances do not justify full implementation
of FPCON BRAVO measures. However, it may be necessary to implement certain
measures from higher FPCONs resulting from intelligence received or as
a deterrent. Commands must be capable of maintaining FPCON ALPHA measures
indefinitely, with only limited impact on normal operations.
This means that the general threat is
still out there, however, the nature and extent of an incident are unpredictable.
1. Continue the practices implemented
2. Have your spouse explain what the THREATCON
3. Practice good common sense crime prevention
4. Don't allow unidentified persons into
your quarters and know where your children are.
5. Pay attention to AFN television/radio
and keep emergency telephone numbers available.
BRAVO Applies when an increased or more predictable threat exists. Commanders
must be capable of maintaining the measures of this FPCON for several weeks
without causing undue hardship to personnel, substantially affecting operational
capabilities, or aggravating relations with local authorities and members
of the local civilian or host nation community. In addition to the measures
required by FPCON ALPHA, the following measures will be implemented.
This means we have a better idea of what
the threat is. Do not panic. The THREATCON can be in effect
for long periods of time.
1. Continue previous implemented practices.
2. Do not panic, there is no immediate
danger. Be more vigilant than normal. Follow up on feelings you may have
about things "not being right."
3. Expect delays when entering the installation
and facilities. Plan accordingly and have identification readily available.
4. Inform your children that they need
to be especially alert to strangers. If contacted, have them tell you about
5. Make sure your children understand
whatever measures their schools might have implemented.
6. Make sure your children carry some
type of identification.
7. Don't accept home deliveries unless
you are expecting them.
8. Check vehicle for any signs of tampering.
9. Tune in to AFN television/radio for
10. Consider conducting personal business
in one trip, preferably during daylight.
11. Family members should carry sponsor's
work telephone number and home telephone number.
CHARLIE Applies when an incident occurs or intelligence indicates some
form of threat action against personnel and/or facilities is imminent.
Implementation of FPCON CHARLIE measures for more than a short period probably
will create hardships for personnel and affect the peacetime activities
of units and personnel.
This means that something has happened
which indicates that a terrorist action against personnel/installation
is looming. Most support facilities will be closed (BX DoDDS, etc.).
1. Continue all implemented practices.
2. If you are in your quarters, stay put.
If children are outside, bring them in.
3. Do not rush to schools, day care centers,
etc.. Contact these facilities telephonically and they will advise you
when/how to pick up your children.
4. Follow action plans published by Child
Development Centers and schools to know disposition of children.
5. If you are in a facility which draws
large crowds, such as the commissary, leave in an orderly but expeditious
manner. Return to your quarters.
6. Public facilities (BX, Commissary,
etc) will post instructions for customers and patrons in case of THREATCON
7. If travel is necessary, go with a friend.
Let someone know where you are going and how long it should take you.
8. Immediately report anything unusual
to the security forces.
9. Be prepared to evacuate if necessary
(passports, funds, etc.).
10. Tune to AFN radio for updates/information.
DELTA Implementation applies in the immediate area where a threat attack
has occurred or when intelligence indicates terrorist action against a
specific location is likely. Implementation of FPCON DELTA normally occurs
for only limited periods of time over specific, localized areas. Commands
cannot sustain FPCON DELTA for extended periods without causing significant
hardships for personnel and substantial reductions in capability to perform
normal peacetime missions.
This means that a terrorist attack has
occurred or a terrorist action against a specific location or persons is
likely to occur.
1. Follow guidance (AFN, Giant Voice systems,
your spouse's unit, etc.).
2. Keep emergency numbers readily available.
3. Remain calm. Keep telephone lines open.
4. Do not accept any deliveries to your