SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. --
Eagles are known for their excellent eyesight.
This concept is the notion behind the Air Force program, Eagle Eyes.
Now, the Air Force doesn't expect its members to be able to detect prey within a three mile radius while flying above; however, it does call on all base members to be more aware of their surroundings.
"The Eagle Eyes program is an Air Force anti-terrorism initiative that enlists the eyes and ears of Air Force members and citizens in the war on terror," according to the AF Eagle Eyes Web site http://www.osi.andrews.af.mil/eagleeyes/index.asp.
Schriever's Office of Special Investigations, AFOSI 8th Field Investigations Squadron, Operating Location Bravo, equates it to a familiar civilian program.
"It's similar to the neighborhood watch program, except the neighborhood watch program focuses on preventing criminal offenses and this focuses on preventing acts of terrorism," said Special Agent Mark Adams, AFOSI 8th Field Investigations Squadron, Operating Location - Bravo. "Through the program we educate and sensitize personnel to the seven main pre-attack indicators."
Here is a brief summary of the seven main pre-attack indicators:
- Surveillance: Photography, vision enhancement devices, maps, note taking--basically any means of observing activities.
- Elicitation: Any attempt to extract information from individuals such as duty schedules, manning and mission information needed to make an attack more successful, more lethal.
- Tests of Security: Any test of security response measures, from as basic as checking to see if doors are locked to trying to gain access to the base with a false identification card.
- Acquiring Supplies: The procurement of uniforms, explosives, weapons, ID cards and other materials deemed necessary to carry out their mission.
- Suspicious Persons Out of Place: Someone is someplace where they shouldn't be or doesn't seem right, for example, a contract framer shows up in a three piece suit.
- Dry Runs: Conspirators practice their plan and work out the kinks.
"Throughout these different steps the plotters are making themselves vulnerable," said Agent Adams. "These are our opportunities to identify them"
OSI officials believe base personnel are the best method to detect these indicators.
A pamphlet on the program reads, "After all, you know best what activities do, or do not, belong in and around your base, neighborhood and community."
"I've seen this work during a previous assignment," said Agent Adams. "We received an input of something that just didn't seem right. That reporting led to the case against an individual who had links to known terrorist agencies. We were able to investigate the member and were able to neutralize his efforts."
The Eagle Eyes program is of vital importance according to Agent Adams.
"This program saves lives. We cannot afford to be complacent. We must have a higher level of awareness. If you see something that doesn't seem right, report it. It's my job to determine what is a credible threat," said Agent Adams.
At Schriever, the Eagle Eyes program is a cooperative effort between OSI and security forces. Members can report suspicious activity to either agency; however, if the person feels the threat is imminent, they should first call the SFS. To report suspicious activity to OSI, call 567-5049; to report to SFS, call 567-5642.