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In March 2000 the Secretary of the Army and the Chief of Staff endorsed the Antiterrorism and Force Protection Installation Commanders’ Guide. This book provided eight critical tasks to guide installation Commanders in pursuit of their AT/FP programs. The prescience of the "Guide" was highlighted in October 2000 by a terrorist attack on the USS Cole. This attack and others before it are grim reminders of the necessity for constant vigil across the entire range of Army activities. The threat outlook will not improve in the near future. In his endorsement of the Installation Commanders’ Guide the Chief of Staff said, "Commanders must, as the law and resources permit, act proactively to deter would-be attackers and establish procedures to enable effective response to save lives and contain damage if an attack does occur." This we will do. By the end of CY 2000 all installations had developed plans to respond to WMD incidents. However, assessments indicate that we are still not doing all that we can to prepare for the possibility of a WMD incident. We must ensure the thought of force protection is foremost in every Commander’s mind. Programs must be more than a plan that sits on a shelf. They must include daily actions and long term solutions to vulnerabilities. At the installation level, Commanders must orient on the threats specific to his or her location. Each must clearly assign responsibilities, identify vulnerabilities and define priorities. The follow on book to the Installation Commanders’ Guide, the Installation Preparedness for Weapons of Mass Destruction, Installation Commanders’ Blueprint will help Commanders do this. The "Blueprint" gives you, the installation Commander, procedural guidance that can help you develop immediate improvements and a strategy for long-term progress. Improved physical security alone is not sufficient to deter a terrorist. The "Blueprint" emphasizes the importance of building partnerships with the local community and host nation providers. It focuses on the significance of using every possible tool to combat the prospect of WMD. The "Blueprint" highlights ways for a Commander to use technology and human expertise to bring all functions to bear on the problem and suggests ways to improve intelligence collection, reduce vulnerabilities and acquire the necessary first responder capability. All of these things and more create the sum total of weapons at your disposal to deter, defend and respond to WMD. You must use them all. We face constant reminders that, more than any other threat, WMD imperils our ability to accomplish the Army mission. The warning sirens have sounded. The lives of our soldiers, civilians and their families depend upon our ability to face the challenge. There can be no excuses that there was not enough money or training time or understanding. We must be ready.
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