My ATFP Serial guidance directed action to assess the effectiveness of our Navy’s ATFP program and identify actions to improve areas that need attention. This year marks the tenth anniversary of the attack on USS COLE. As the CNO’s Executive Agent for ATFP, I have directed a year long series of events to assess our ATFP capability and readiness. In October of this year, we will host a Flag Officer Summit to review what we have learned and identify solutions to our ATFP vulnerabilities. The summit will be followed by a service at the USS COLE memorial where we will honor our 17 fallen shipmates and their families.
The next event starts Monday and continues through the end of next week (22-26 MAR 10). Exercise SOLID CURTAIN-CITADEL SHIELD 2010 (SC-CS10) includes over 250 individual events and represents the largest anti-terrorism exercise conducted by any Service. The exercise will affect all Navy installations, units, activities and Sailors in the USNORTHCOM AOR.
SC-CS10 is a complex, multi-level exercise that encompasses:
- SOLID CURTAIN – A Command Post Exercise (CPX) conducted at the Operational Level exercising Navy Force Protection Command and Control.
- CITADEL SHIELD - a simultaneously held Field Training Exercise (FTX) conducted at the Tactical Level that exercises ATFP tactics, techniques, and procedures.
Evaluation data and lessons learned from SC-CS10 and follow-on events will identify gaps and seams that may require material and non-material solutions, and the development/revision of plans, policy, doctrine, and CONOPS. Unless we are able to determine an accurate accounting of where our current Force Protection posture stands we will be unable to develop a cogent and executable action plan to resolve our shortcomings.
Although we have greatly improved our security and force protection over the past ten years, we must always be focused on improving our policies and procedures; we cannot allow ourselves to become complacent. To that end, I want your personal thoughts on the Navy’s ATFP capability and readiness. I would like to know what you think we do well and what we don’t do well.
Remember, there are plenty of people out there who have stated, repeatedly, they want to attack our ships and kill our Sailors. It’s up to us, all of us, to take a cold, hard look at our capabilities and ensure we do whatever it takes to keep our enemies from succeeding. All the best, JCHjr