OPERATIONS SECURITY (OPSEC)
In this lesson you will learn to define OPSEC, determine OPSEC in the
hostile intelligence threat, and determine OPSEC guidelines and training.
TERMINAL LEARNING OBJECTIVE:
Define OPSEC, its guidelines, and training requirements.
You will have this subcourse, paper and pencil.
To demonstrate competency of this task you must achieve a
score of 70 percent on the final subcourse examination.
The material contained in this lesson was derived from the
following publications: AR 530-1 and FM 19-30.
Operation security helps to avoid disclosure of sensitive information. Such
data concerns a unit's mission, capabilities, research and development. It
also includes training which could prevent the compromise of military
Definition of Operations Security (OPSEC).
a. OPSEC (which is covered by AR 530-1, Fig. 1-1) is the protection of
military operations and activities.
Such protection results from the
identification and final elimination or control of intelligence indicators.
We refer to these indicators as vulnerabilities.
These are those areas
susceptible to hostile attack. Military operations and activities include
peacetime and combat operations.
Also included are exercises and
b. OPSEC is designed to protect operations and activities from being
A basic OPSEC program
consists of the following main areas:
(1) Physical Security.