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  • 1. Think. Protect. OPSEC. Winter 2013 Since our last publication,In This Issue: we have lost one of the original Purple Dragon team, Chat with the Chief Rear Admiral (RADM) Donald DoD Websites Conference Update “Mac” Showers. Part of the FY13 OPSEC Regional initial 16 person team, Training Events RADM Showers was better Family OPSEC known for convincing OPSEC History Admiral (ADM) Chester Historic OPSEC Posters Nimitz that the Japanese might be targeting Midway. Based on the cryptologic achievements of the team2013 National OPSEC that deciphered the Japanese Navy messages, ADM Nimitz was able to getConference is cancelled. his force in position and in time to defend Midway.1 Less well known toPlease read how we are the general public, but arguably as important, was his role as head of theaddressing this, and be Purple Dragon team. Under his direction, the team conducted a survey ofsure to check our all the processes associated with operations planning and execution. Thiswebsite for moretraining and education survey included reviews of communications methods, reviews ofoptions as they become movement of personnel and equipment, and personal interviews with eachavailable. person performing an action related to the mission, from draftingwww.ioss.gov messages to pilot communications. The methodology used by the team became the core processes known today as Operations Security, or OPSEC.2 ______________ We will miss the Admiral; however, as we celebrate 25 years of NationalMany thanks to thosewho have contributed Security Decision Directive (NSDD) 298, we know that his contributions onarticles and information behalf of OPSEC will endure.to this Newsletter! You will see below updated information about the National OPSEC Conference, which is cancelled. We regret this decision, and are looking into more, and innovative, ways to get the word out about OPSEC. 1 “Course to Midway – Rear Admiral Donald Showers USN” 1 http://www.navy.mil/midway/showers.html Page 2 2008 National OPSEC Conference program “20 Years of Excellence in Operations Security”
  • 2. Think. Protect. OPSEC. Winter 2013In This Issue: DoD Websites Chat with the Chief DoD Websites There are some great Department of Defense (DoD) websites you might Conference Update want to bookmark. One focuses on social media and the other is a useful FY13 OPSEC Regional dictionary of military and associated terms. The Social Media Hub website Training Events Family OPSEC (http://www.defense.gov/socialmedia/) includes a link to Education and OPSEC History Training information, links for Terms of Service Agreements, Site Registry Historic OPSEC Posters and DoD policies, plus links to the DoD Component Social Media portals. The Education & Training page has a plethora of PDF files; web based training links, slides, and videos ranging from Best Practices for Keeping Your Home Network Secure, to Organizational Level OPSEC: Vulnerabilities and Indicators, to YouTube Uses in the Field.2013 National OPSECConference is cancelled.Please read how we are The website for the DoD Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms, 8addressing this, and be November 2010 as amended Through 15 November 2012,sure to check our (http://www.dtic.mil/doctrine/dod_dictionary/), includes a PDF of thewebsite for more Joint Publication 1-02, a searchable link, and a browse-by-letter capability.training and education In addition to the definitions, there is also a tab for military and associatedoptions as they become acronyms. Other links on this website include the Joint Electronic Libraryavailable.www.ioss.gov (JEL), Universal Joint Task List (UJTL), Capstone Concept for Joint Operations (CCJO), Joint Doctrine, Education & Training Electronic ______________ Information System (JDLIS), Doctrine Networked Education & Training (DOCNET), and Joint Publication Executive Summary Podcasts.Many thanks to those Please note: access to some of these sites is regulated by PKI.who have contributedarticles and informationto this Newsletter! Conference Update In light of the current fiscal climate, IOSS will be cancelling this year’s National OPSEC Conference. To ensure OPSEC information is still available, the IOSS will be exploring the following interim options: 2 Page
  • 3. Think. Protect. OPSEC. Winter 2013  Scheduling Continuing Education Seminars via the virtual learningIn This Issue: platforms (DCO and CENTRA)  Exploring options for integration of OPSEC presentations into other Chat with the Chief DoD Websites events Conference Update  Exploring new awareness resources to be made available via the FY13 OPSEC Regional IOSS Website (www.ioss.gov) Training Events  Posting recorded presentations on the IOSS website Family OPSEC OPSEC History Please stay tuned and watch the www.IOSS.gov website for new Historic OPSEC Posters information.2013 National OPSEC Family OPSECConference is cancelled.Please read how we are When loved ones get deployed, itaddressing this, and be can be an emotional event,sure to check our especially with concerns aboutwebsite for more their safety. However, there istraining and education something that you as a familyoptions as they becomeavailable. member can do to help keep themwww.ioss.gov safe; it is called Operations Security, or OPSEC. What is ______________ OPSEC? OPSEC is protecting critical information which can inMany thanks to those turn, protect your loved ones. Aswho have contributedarticles and information a family member of the militaryto this Newsletter! community, you play a crucial role in protecting their wellbeing. Here are a few examples of deployment critical information to protect: 1) The unit’s deployment dates 2) The exact location where the unit is deployed 3) Detailed information about the mission or deployment 3 Page
  • 4. Think. Protect. OPSEC. Winter 2013 It is important to remember that the bad guys get most of theirIn This Issue: information from “open source” materials such as newspapers, television, social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, blogs, chat rooms, and many Chat with the Chief more. The posting of critical information in these sources could jeopardize DoD Websites Conference Update the safety of your loved ones, as well as the safety of the entire unit. FY13 OPSEC Regional Unless you really know a person, you can never be sure who you are talking Training Events to or who is looking at your social media page. Family OPSEC OPSEC History Remember to be cautious about what you post and what you say about Historic OPSEC Posters military deployments. Do your part in contributing to OPSEC to help keep our military members out of harm’s way!2013 National OPSECConference is cancelled. FY13 OPSEC Regional Training EventsPlease read how we are  March Regional Training in Indianapolis, Indianaaddressing this, and besure to check our Sponsor: DFAS, 20-28 Marchwebsite for more Courses Offered: OPSE-1500, OPSE-2500 and OPSE-3500training and education  August Regional Training in Chesapeake, Virginiaoptions as they becomeavailable. Sponsor: Coast Guard, 1-9 Augustwww.ioss.gov Courses Offered: OPSE-1500, OPSE-2500 and OPSE-3500  Please visit www.IOSS.gov for a list of additional training ______________ opportunities offered by the IOSS and by our training partners.Many thanks to thosewho have contributedarticles and informationto this Newsletter! OPSEC History In 1988, NSDD 298 was signed, codifying OPSEC and naming the National Security Agency (NSA) as Executive Agency. 2012 was NSA’s 60th Anniversary, and the following piece was written to help celebrate that 4 anniversary. Page
  • 5. Think. Protect. OPSEC. Winter 2013 The traditional view of OPSEC has its ties in the formation of humanIn This Issue: combat. Ever since the first humans began warring for territory and resources, OPSEC has always been a key to the success or failure of a Chat with the Chief mission or objective. OPSEC is a process that identifies friendly, critical DoD Websites Conference Update and unclassified information to determine what actions can be observed by FY13 OPSEC Regional an adversary; determines if information obtained by adversaries could be Training Events interpreted to be useful to them; and then executes selected measures Family OPSEC that eliminate or reduce the risk of exploitation of friendly critical OPSEC History information. Historic OPSEC Posters Beginning in the Vietnam era, the United States set2013 National OPSEC out to review itsConference is cancelled. security posturePlease read how we are from the vantageaddressing this, and be point of thesure to check our enemy. This newwebsite for moretraining and education positioning wasoptions as they become created as a resultavailable. of abject failureswww.ioss.gov during combat operations; after ______________ attacking specific targets, U.S.Many thanks to thosewho have contributed Forces would withdraw, but not see the rate of damage/destructionarticles and information promised via intelligence reports. Somehow the enemy seemed aware ofto this Newsletter! the operational strategy employed by the U.S. and was able to successfully predict strike times, size of the forces and locations of attack. U.S. combatant commanders sought to find out why. The commanders created a team of military and civilian personnel to investigate this Vietcong awareness. After researching the issue, it was discovered that unclassified information released without consideration of 5 its sensitivity could be used to piece together a picture of strategic Page movements and operations. Using newspaper sources, word of mouth,
  • 6. Think. Protect. OPSEC. Winter 2013 unencrypted communications, and supply shipment information, the teamIn This Issue: saw how an enemy force can use mundane information to form a hypothesis of where U.S. Forces would attack next. Once this information Chat with the Chief was given to the commanding officers, the U.S. began to employ counter- DoD Websites Conference Update strategies in order to offset the damage this unclassified information was FY13 OPSEC Regional having on the war effort. Training Events Family OPSEC Thus, began the formation of what we know today as Operation PURPLE OPSEC History DRAGON. From its beginnings in 1966 and 1967, PURPLE DRAGON proved Historic OPSEC Posters to be one of the most effective operations ever put together by the U.S. Military. It prompted investigations into how the military massed and executed their forces and subsequently compared this to the flow of information from combat operations. Thus, unsecured information2013 National OPSEC regarding troop operations was scaled back so that valuable andConference is cancelled. exploitable information could no longer flow as easily to the enemy.Please read how we areaddressing this, and be Today, we still seesure to check our the results ofwebsite for moretraining and education Operation PURPLEoptions as they become DRAGON with theavailable. institution of thewww.ioss.gov National OPSEC Program mandated ______________ by the Reagan Administration, andMany thanks to thosewho have contributed with our nation’sarticles and information posture on creatingto this Newsletter! a balance of transparency, with needed secrecy. These new postures have enabled a limited flow of data to the enemies of the United States and have saved countless lives. As threats continue to grow and as the world becomes a more dangerous place, OPSEC will always be there to protect our most precious commodity: information. 6 Page
  • 7. Think. Protect. OPSEC. Winter 2013In This Issue: Historic OPSEC Posters Chat with the Chief DoD Websites In honor of NSDD’s 25th Anniversary, on the next couple pages and Conference Update scattered throughout the Newsletter, are some OPSEC posters from years FY13 OPSEC Regional past. Training Events Family OPSEC OPSEC History Historic OPSEC Posters2013 National OPSECConference is cancelled.Please read how we areaddressing this, and besure to check ourwebsite for moretraining and educationoptions as they becomeavailable.www.ioss.gov ______________Many thanks to thosewho have contributedarticles and informationto this Newsletter! 7 Page
  • 8. Think. Protect. OPSEC. Winter 2013In This Issue: Chat with the Chief DoD Websites Conference Update FY13 OPSEC Regional Training Events Family OPSEC OPSEC History Historic OPSEC Posters2013 National OPSECConference is cancelled.Please read how we areaddressing this, and besure to check ourwebsite for moretraining and educationoptions as they becomeavailable.www.ioss.gov ______________Many thanks to thosewho have contributedarticles and informationto this Newsletter! 8 Page
  • 9. Think. Protect. OPSEC. Winter 2013In This Issue: Chat with the Chief DoD Websites Conference Update FY13 OPSEC Regional Training Events Family OPSEC OPSEC History Historic OPSEC Posters2013 National OPSECConference is cancelled.Please read how we areaddressing this, and besure to check ourwebsite for moretraining and educationoptions as they becomeavailable.www.ioss.gov ______________Many thanks to thosewho have contributedarticles and informationto this Newsletter! 9 Page