Navy OPSEC/PERSEC: Some Things are Better Left Unsaid

24 09 2012

Have you ever wondered where your spouse was at in the world and wanted to know that everything was ok? Have you ever wondered why you don’t get the whole truth or complete answer that explains what’s going on? Instead of getting frustrated, you should probably give this article a read and try to understand why we can’t give you all the information that you want to know.
One of the biggest areas of concern when it comes to military intelligence is OPSEC, otherwise known as Operations Security. What this covers is anything from ship’s movement to scheduled events that a ship is going to perform. To you and I, this information might seem harmless, but to others trying to obtain material for use against our guys and gals in the armed services, it would be like winning the lottery. What we have to keep in mind is that what we say and what we type through email or social networking can potentially cost the lives of our loved ones, and we need to be responsible for our actions. For tips on how to safeguard OPSEC, click here.
There is one important individual that acts as the civilian liaison and has direct contact with the CO (Commanding Officer), XO (Executive Officer), and the CMC (Command Master Chief). Even though the information provided is very limited and selective, this direct link can help you find answers within the powers that are granted to this individual by the CO of the command. For further information about the role of the Ship’s Ombudsman click here.
PERSEC, also known as Personal Security, is another area of concern that we have to be aware of. You should always be safeguarding your personal information, such as your identity, phone number and personal address. This all sounds like common sense, but with the amount of scams that are going around nowadays, we need to be wary of what we click on. Be careful of who you give your credit card number to, and don’t be “that guy” who got duped by the scam artist.

A very well written article that gives a very detailed breakdown of what is OPSEC/PERSEC, is written by Jess_0411 on www.navyformoms.com and I recommend that you should give it a shot.

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