Resolve at law enforcement level or escalate.
Phase 3 - National Command Authority/DOD Counterterrorism joint task force responds.
When action is beyond FBI's capabilities and action is justified, National
Command Authority commits the DOD counterterrorist force.
IF OCONUS -
When action is beyond host nation law enforcement or host nation
counterterrorist force and they request additional U.S. assistance, the National
Command Authority may commit the DOD counterterrorist force.
Responding to the Tactical Situation.
An ongoing terrorist incident must be treated as a tactical situation, with certain differences for the
terrorist situation. An installation could be faced with a bombing, an assault/ambush, hijacking,
If the terrorist plants bombs, then you must assume other bombs have been planted. Alert the bomb
search teams and the EOD personnel. The initial response force removes everyone from the scene to
a safe area. Anyone near the scene at the time of the explosion is interviewed. Keep in mind that the
people being interviewed may, in fact, be the terrorists who planted the bomb. Suspected devices are
checked by EOD personnel. Once search is completed, the crime scene investigation begins at the
bombing site. Normal security is resumed at other locations.
Always assume the terrorists are still in the area. The initial response force renders aid to the victims
and establishes a defensive perimeter. When reinforcements arrive, they normally clear the area
before the crime scene investigation begins or normal activity is resumed. Use all available resources,
including aircraft, when clearing the area. Exits from the post must be controlled as soon as a terrorist
event takes place. The terrorists may still be on the installation. Vehicles leaving the post must be
inspected and personnel identified. The MPs securing post exits must also be alert for possible
ambushes. Once security is established, allow only mission essential personnel to enter the post until
the initial response to the incident is complete.
When a hijacking/skyjacking occurs, the initial response force attempts to contain the situation. They
try to prevent the terrorists from taking off when they are in an aircraft, or from going mobile when they
are in a ground