Securing the 'command center'
- By George I. Seffers
- Jul 31, 2000
Other security efforts under way, as detailed in the July 14 memo to senior
Pentagon officials from Rudy de Leon, the undersecretary of Defense for
personnel and readiness:
* Conducting random entry/exit inspections beginning after Aug. 1, focusing
not only on laptop computers but on briefcases and other hand-carried materials
and including asking employees to step through metal detectors and related
* Inspecting secure facilities, including the offices of de Leon and
Defense Secretary William Cohen, to ensure proper procedures are in effect
and understood by all employees.
* Establishing Sept. 5-8 as Security Awareness Week, during which managers
will ensure every military member, civilian employee, and assigned tenant
contractor undergoes security training and that unnecessary classified information
is appropriately destroyed or retired.
* Requiring that all new employees — even those not cleared to access
classified information — receive an orientation briefing and attend a comprehensive
security awareness briefing within two weeks of employment.