“Force Protection Directive” advised increase in security, warned of “complacency”

By Sean Osborne, Assistant Director, Military Affairs Specialist

5 November 2009: A directive labeled “For Official Use Only” was issued to U.S. military bases, operation centers, and other potential targets of terror attacks by US Northern Command’s (NORTHCOM) Joint Operations Center commander General Victor E. Renuart, Jr., in September. General Renuart is also Commander NORAD.  General Renuart’s  directive was issued as a result of recently thwarted domestic Islamic bombing plots, including plots specifically targeting U.S. military installations, and directed all domestic U.S. military installations to re-evaluate their internal security.

According to  General Renuart, the present and most pressing problem facing NORTHCOM is the vulnerability of U.S. facilities to attack and complacency. He stressed that the US military must become smarter at providing security to its bases, noting that the threat to US military installations is real.  The directive is summarized in an article at this link.


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