Force Protection Conditions (FPCON)

There are five FPCON levels:

  • FPCON NORMAL: Applies when there is no discernible terrorist activity. Under these conditions, only a routine security posture, designed to defeat the criminal threat, is warranted. The minimum FPCON for U.S. Army commands is NORMAL.
  • FPCON ALPHA: Applies when there is a general threat of possible terrorist threat activity against personnel and/or installations, the nature and extent of which is unpredictable, and circumstances do not justify full implementation of FPCON BRAVO measures. However, it may be necessary to implement certain measures from higher FPCONs resulting from intelligence received or as a deterrent. Commands must be capable of maintaining FPCON ALPHA measures indefinitely, with only limited impact on normal operations.
  • FPCON BRAVO: Applies when an increased or more predictable terrorist threat exists. Commanders must be capable of maintaining the measures of this FPCON for several weeks without causing undue hardship to personnel, substantially affecting operational capabilities, or aggravating relations with local authorities and members of the local civilian or host nation community.
  • FPCON CHARLIE: Applies when an incident occurs or intelligence indicates some form of terrorist action against personnel and/or facilities is imminent. Implementation of FPCON CHARLIE measures for more than a short period probably will create hardships for personnel and affect the peacetime activities of units and personnel.
  • FPCON DELTA: Implementation applies in the immediate area where a terrorist attack has occurred or when intelligence indicates terrorist action against a specific location is likely. Implementation of FPCON DELTA normally occurs for only limited periods of time over specific, localized areas. Commands cannot sustain FPCON DELTA for extended periods without causing significant hardships for personnel and substantial reductions in capability to perform normal peacetime missions.

The decision to implement a particular FPCON is a command decision which should be based on an assessment of the threat, vulnerability of personnel or facilities, criticality of personnel or facilities, availability of security resources, impact on operations and morale, damage control considerations, international relations, and the potential for U.S. Government actions to trigger a terrorist response. Frequently, information concerning terrorism is limited to general descriptions of terrorist capabilities and intentions. Often, specific tactics and targets are not identified until it is too late to implement deterrent measures or until after an attack has taken place. For this reason, the absence of specific information concerning the immediate terrorist threat should not preclude implementing a higher FPCON and/or additional security measures when general information indicates an increased vulnerability or heightened risk to personnel and/or facilities.

Anti-Terrorism Briefing

The recommended method of receiving the Anti-Terrorism briefing is online at the following web address:

Please note that the website may only be accessed from DoD computers. Retrieve the code word for the program from your chain of command. The program is self explanatory and the Help screen appears in each page. You must establish a user id and password, you will "signup" the first time you use the program, and "logon" any subsequent times. Upon completion of the training, a certificate will be printed out reflecting that the training has been received. The signed certificate needs to be faxed to (831)242-5502. If you have any questions about this process, please call (831)242-6844.