Terrorism is the unlawful use or threatened use of
force or violence against individuals or property.
Terrorists intend to coerce (force) or intimidate
governments or societies. Terrorism is used for
political, religious, or ideological purposes. Acts of
terrorism directed against naval personnel, activities, or
installations can destroy critical facilities and injure or
kill personnel. Terrorism can delay mission
accomplishment and cause damage through adverse
publicity and public perception (the way people see the
action) of incident handling and results.
Terrorists use many methods of operation, which
may include bombings, ambush, armed attack,
sabotage, or taking hostages. The two most publicized
terrorist methods are bombings and taking hostages.
The terrorist method generally used toward military
forces is bombing. However, at times, naval or military
personnel have been taken hostage as a result of an
aircraft highjacking or of highjacking personnel using
some other means of transportation. Military personnel,
and particularly naval personnel, are often stationed in
or visit foreign countries. Some of these countries have
significant levels of terrorist activity.
Indications and warnings of terrorist activity
against naval installations or personnel are normally
received from U.S. security authorities or through the
security agencies of host countries. These warnings
usually come in the form of threat conditions
(THREATCONS). Threat conditions range from
THREATCON ALPHA (the lowest degree of
readiness) to THREATCON DELTA (the highest
degree of readiness). Each threat condition contains
several measures that must be adopted before that
degree of readiness is fully set. When stationed in or
visiting foreign countries, you will receive a brief
concerning the threat condition in force at that time.
When visiting foreign countries, you must be
constantly aware of what is going on around you. The
actions of terrorist groups are rarely advertised.
Terrorists normally choose places of business that have
a high volume of target personnel present (such as
nightclubs, restaurants, airports, and shopping centers).
Be more careful at night, when the cover of darkness
helps the terrorist hide his or her activities. Be alert and
notice anything out of the ordinary and report it to the
proper authorities. You could identify a possible
Although terrorist attacks within the United States
arent as common as in other countries, they have
happened. The same levels of awareness that you
practice when visiting foreign countries are necessary
here as well. Being alert when you are on or around
military installations could mean the difference
between the success or failure of a terrorist operation,
not to mention the lives of your shipmates.
When detonated or ignited, a bomb can injure or kill
personnel and damage material. Bombs are classified as
explosive or incendiary. An explosive bomb causes
damage by fragmentation, heat, and blast. The heat
produced often causes a secondary incendiary effect.
An incendiary bomb generates fire-producing heat
without substantial explosion when ignited. Bombing
occurs when an explosive bomb detonates or an
incendiary bomb ignites.
A bomb threat may happen anytime or anywhere. It
can be made by a terrorist group or a disgruntled
employee. Many bomb threats are unfounded (not real).
False bomb threats make people complacent (at ease).
Dont assume a bomb threat is a hoax (not real) until
youre sure. Safety is the major concern!
Bomb threat. A bomb threat is a message delivered by
telephone or letter. A bomb may be delivered
through the mail as a letter or a suspicious package.
A bomb threat may or may not contain the
The bombs location
The time for detonation/ignition
An ultimatum related to the detonation/ignition
or concealment of the bomb
Bomb incident. A bomb incident is the
detonation/ignition of a bomb, discovery of a bomb,
or receipt of a bomb threat.