Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland – After the orchestrated attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City and on the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., the United States learned, firsthand, the serious threats it faced from terrorists groups and from the countries supporting them.
After the attacks September 11, terrorism for most American citizens shifted from being a distant and occasional threat to an awareness of the real and imminent danger to ourselves, our families, and our way of life. These attacks not only changed the course of American history and the meaning of national security for the American people, it also left many concerned about the possibility and impact of future terror incidents executed on American soil.
That’s why it remains imperative that Army Professionals at home and abroad remain vigilant as we take time during the month of August to focus on antiterrorism practices. Although the U.S. continues to put relentless pressure on terrorist groups by disrupting terrorist plots, reducing the financial support available to these groups and inflicting significant leadership losses, the threat of potential terrorist attacks against America remains very real.
As a consequence of the heightened and significant threats to our homeland, countering terrorism has become the top national security priority for the United States and the Army. It is critical that we keep pace with and confront new and emerging threats as we cultivate a culture of preparedness and resilience that will allow the Army to prevent and/or respond to and recover successfully from any potential act of terror directed at our nation.
While threats persist, our nation is, without a doubt, stronger today than it was on September 11. We are better prepared to confront evolving threats and more resilient in the face of continued challenges.
As we observe Antiterrorism Month, it’s important to remain aware of both homegrown and foreign threats, whether they come from a conventional attack using bombs and bullets or an unconventional attack using CAC cards and computers.
The best way to protect the United States from terrorism is to ensure strong and capable domestic Antiterrorism Program, executed globally, that proactively takes steps to increase the American public’s understanding of the very real nature of the terrorist threats we face as a country.
Protecting our nation is a shared responsibility. As a nation of active citizens, we must all take responsibility for ourselves, our families and our neighborhoods so we stay informed and aware of potential threats.
We know there is no guarantee that there will never be another terrorist attack. However, we do know informed, alert communities are our best defense against future terrorist attacks and play critical roles in keeping our nation safe. We can all help keep our communities safe by paying closer attention to our surroundings and immediately reporting suspicious activity to local law enforcement agencies.
If you see something suspicious or just out of the ordinary, report it. Your report could interrupt the terrorism planning cycle and potentially stop a terrorist attack.
Our ‘See Something – Say Something’ and ‘iWATCH’ campaigns encourages community awareness and understanding on how to remain vigilant against terrorist threats. Reporting anything suspicious as soon as possible may just help save a life.
Know the threat. Know the plan. Protect our mission and our Army Families.