A Force Protection Condition
: its basically "Defcon for terrorist
activities." It was previously known as THREATCON
There are 5 stages for FPCon
FPCON NORMAL - A general threat of possible terrorist activity exists but warrants only a routine security posture. FPCON NORMAL is always in affect unless a more specific threat or incident warrants the transition to a higher FPCON, returning to FPCON NORMAL upon termination.
Under FPCON NORMAL expect - Only routine security measures.
FPCON ALPHA - A general threat of possible terrorist activity against personnel and facilities exists, the nature and extent of which are unpredictable. Circumstances do not justify full implementation of FPCON Bravo measures but certain measures from higher FPCONs may be necessary based on intelligence reports, or as a deterrent. Installation Commander must be able to maintain this FPCON indefinitely.
FPCON BRAVO - An increased and more predictable threat of terrorist activity exists. The measures in this FPCON must be capable of being maintained for weeks without causing undue hardship affecting operations capability or aggravating relations with local authorities.
FPCON CHARLIE - An incident occurs or intelligence is received indicating some form of terrorist action against personnel and facilities are imminent. Implementation of this measure for more than a short period has a high probability to create hardship and affect the peacetime activities of the installation and its personnel.
FPCON DELTA - Implementation applies in the immediate area where a terrorist attack has occurred or when intelligence has been received that a terrorist action against a specific location or person is likely.
It will take every person in every unit working together to make the FPCON measures work for the protection of this installation. Prepare your personnel for rapid changes in FPCON's as a threat might increase at anytime. FPCONs are listed in successive levels but will not necessarily be implemented successively. For example, we are currently in FPCON NORMAL and information is obtained that a terrorist organization might be targeting the base. With this scenario, we could skip FPCON ALPHA and go right to BRAVO, or even CHARLIE.