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News | April 6, 2018

Distribution Headquarters employees participate in OPSEC Jeopardy

By DLA Distribution Public Affairs

The DLA Distribution Operations Security or OPSEC Program Manager and Coordinators conducted an Awareness Event on Feb 27 and March 1. 

A static display of document destruction options available to employees for destroying different types of information, OPSEC posters and awareness materials were set up in the Distribution Headquarters cafeteria. Additionally, a friendly competition of OPSEC Jeopardy was enjoyed by all who stopped by to refresh their OPSEC knowledge.  

The Jeopardy topics included critical information, countermeasures, acronyms, spies, the OPSEC process, OPSEC indicators, and other promotional materials.  After three rounds of OPSEC Jeopardy, the winner was DLA Finance.  The final tallies are listed below:

DLA Finance:  $7400

DLA Distribution Current Operations:  $7300

DLA Distribution Future Plans:  $6050

DLA Information Operations:  $5200

Organizational Management/Expeditionary Logistics:  $3100

DLA Distribution Future Operations:  $2950

Installation Support:  $1600

Acquisition Operations:  $1000

D-Codes:  $600

DLA Distribution Susquehanna:  $400

General Council:  $400

Business Development:  $300

Human Resources:  $100

OPSEC is a process that identifies critical information to determine if friendly actions can be observed by enemy intelligence, determines if information obtained by adversaries could be interpreted to be useful to them, and then executes selected measures that eliminate or reduce adversary exploitation of friendly critical information. The term "operations security" was coined by the United States military during the Vietnam War.

In a more general sense, OPSEC is the process of protecting individual pieces of data that could be grouped together to give the bigger picture. OPSEC is the protection of critical information deemed mission essential from military commanders, senior leaders, management or other decision-making bodies. The process results in the development of countermeasures, which include technical and non-technical measures such as the use of email encryption software, taking precautions against eavesdropping, paying close attention to a picture you have taken, such as items in the background, or not talking openly on social media sites about information on the unit, activity or organization's critical information list.