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Team visits Randolph to conduct threat assessment

By Staff Sgt. Beth Del Vecchio | 12th Flying Training Wing Public Affairs | Jan. 30, 2007

RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — A team of specialists from the Defense Threat Reduction Agency will arrive at Randolph Sunday to conduct a week-long Joint Staff Integrated Vulnerability Assessment.

The team's goal is to identify vulnerabilities and to provide commanders with recommendations on how to eliminate or minimize the risk of terrorist activity, said Mance Clark, 12th Flying Training Wing antiterrorism officer and threat assessment coordinator.

"Members of the team may approach people on base at random and ask them questions about topics such as the installation force protection condition." said Mr. Clark. "Each team member will have a readily identifiable badge for immediate verification."

According to DTRA officials, the team members will look at several key areas during the visit, each focusing on their area of specialty.

A terrorist operations specialist will evaluate current threats to the base and force protection conditions operations. They will also evaluate the threat assessment process and operations security.

Security operations specialists will collect information through interviews with key physical security and force protection personnel. They will review Randolph security operational plans, personal protection procedures and security forces manning, training and equipment.

A structural engineer will work with base engineers and planners, to perform a quantitative analysis of selected facilities. An infrastructure engineer will focus on the potential for terrorist incidents involving fires and base utilities and environmental programs, stated officials.

DTRA team members will also evaluate Randolph preparedness to respond appropriately to a terrorist attack involving a number of different scenarios.

"The team is here to help us make the base as safe as possible," said Mr. Clark. "Once the assessment is complete, base organizations can take the input and use it to improve their programs and to help train their people."

For more information on the DTRA or JISVA, call Mr. Clark at 652-1357.