5 tips for reducing risk while traveling
1) Identify the threat & requirements. The DoD Foreign Clearance Guide provides country specific travel requirements for DoD personnel. State Department travel alerts/warnings, OSAC country crime and safety reports, USAREUR quarterly travel message, foreign travel briefs and your local AT Officer can provide additional travel information.
2) Identify your assets. What valuable items are you or family members taking with you? This could be cellular phones, maps, emergency cash/etc. Once you take inventory, assess the impact if you lost each item.
3) Identify vulnerabilities. Vulnerabilities are situations that make you susceptible to the threat. Some questions to ask when looking at your potential vulnerabilities: Will you be in areas frequented by Americans or other tourists? Will you be carrying highly pilferable items (i.e., smartphone, large amounts of money, credit cards)? Do your clothes or luggage identify you as U.S. or DoD affiliated?
4) Risk assessment. Determine your risk based up-on the threat and identified vulnerabilities, and criticality of your assets. Do the benefits outweigh the risk? Are there personal measures you can use to reduce your risk?
5) Make a travel plan. Identify measures to reduce your risk. Documenting the AT plan may be as simple as making a wallet-size card that includes key POCs and individual AT measures.
Your protection begins with you!