OPSEC Case Studies

Within Military and Para-Military circles, it’s widely (and correctly) accepted that OPSEC is a necessary component of warfare. Within Organizations and Civilian Groups, it’s often (and, again, correctly) accepted that OPSEC is a necessary component of business planning and operations. However, this is often regarded as a hypothetical gain, with no real demonstrable Return On Investment.

The following OPSEC Case Studies are intended to discuss real-life examples of the gains associated with OPSEC, or the losses associated with the lack thereof.

 

General George Patton

General George Patton

If you’ve seen the movie Patton, you're familiar with the "slapping incident" of 1943, in which General Patton slapped a Soldier by the name of Charles Kuhl who was weeping in the infirmary. (For history buffs, it turned out that Kuhl had malaria at t...
George Washington, Known OPSEC Practitioner

George Washington, Known OPSEC Practitioner

OPSEC in his own words Arguably, no President in history has received a legendary status equal to George Washington. His reputation as a gifted military leader stems partially from his unique perspective as the leader of counterinsurgency forces...
Lockheed Martin and Disney, WWII

Lockheed Martin and Disney, WWII

The raid on Pearl Harbor in December of 1941 effectively brought the US into World War II, and naturally led to the increase of wartime production on the mainland. The Burbank, California Lockheed Martin Aircraft Plant, however, had a significant concern:...
P.G.T. Beauregard

P.G.T. Beauregard

In the US Civil War, the Confederate Forces under P.G.T. Beauregard found themselves severely outnumbered at Corinth in May of 1862. Maj. Gen. Henry W. Hallecks's army laid siege to their position with an overwhelming force of 100,000 men. However, upon...
Patrick McHenry

Patrick McHenry

OSPA does not endorse any particular political view, and the statements made in the following website reflect only the opinions of the authors, as reported. OSPA does, however, recognize that good intentions, or even careless words, could have very bad...
Shia LaBeouf vs 4chan

Shia LaBeouf vs 4chan

Since its inception in 2003, 4chan has declared war on everything from Apple to Scientology. It invented the rickroll. It located ISIS training camps and gave the coordinates to Russian diplomats. And then, in February 2017, its anonymous users collectively...