According to Red River Army Depot all DOD installations in the United States have been directed by USNORTHCOM Commander to increase their security posture based on nonspecific general threats as a precautionary measure.
Military base threat levels were raised to Force Protection Bravo, which is defined by the Pentagon as an “increased and predictable threat of terrorism.”
3200 sites across the U.S. are on elevated security including military recruiting locations, ROTC installations, and National Guard Facilities.
According to RRAD the requirements will impact the Red River Army Depot with the following changes:
– South Gate will be closed effective 12 MAY. NO INBOUND OR OUTBOUND TRAFFIC.
– Texas Gate will be closed effective 12 MAY to INBOUND traffic (0530-0700).
– Texas Gate will continue to be open for OUTBOUND traffic ONLY (1630-1730).
Gates open for inbound traffic will include Main Gate and West Gate. Gates open for outbound traffic will include Main Gate, West Gate and Texas Gate.
According to USNORTHCOM, the commander last raised the FPCON level from Alpha to Bravo in 2011 in preparation for the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
At the Pentagon, Warren said, the FPCON level has been at Alpha but “with selected measures from Bravo in effect. Now it’s Bravo.”
These changes come as FBI Director Comey says the Islamic State, also known as ISIL, is leveraging social media in unprecedented ways through Twitter and other platforms, directing messages to the smartphones of “disturbed people” who could be pushed to launch assaults on U.S. targets.
The comments by Comey came in the wake of a failed attack in Garland, Texas by two ISIL sympathizer.