“WhatWorks in OPSEC” profile: Jennifer Jernander

Name: Jennifer Jernander
Industry: US Air Force OPSEC
Practices OPSEC in: USA
Works With: Military- Active Duty/Guard/Reserve


Have you attended a formal OPSEC course of instruction?
Yes, more than one


Who presented the courses that you attended?


How often do you review in-place countermeasures for effectiveness?


Do you have other duties besides OPSEC and what percentage of time is devoted to OPSEC?
Yes, OPSEC is my additional duty and I spend about 20% of my time completeing OPSEC related duties.


How often to you perform Open Source reviews against your site/location/mission/organization?
Monthly to Bi-Monthly


Do you feel that having a well established network of OPSEC contacts is important? Why or why not?
Extremely important. Networking can and often is the key to making programs work and having an entire network of OPSEC practioners to reach out to is a phenomenal tool and resource to better any OPSEC program.


What is the toughest part of implementing OPSEC at your job station? How have you overcome these challenges?
The “so-what” attitude that many people have about OPSEC being just another “program” that they have to conduct annual training for; in other words, another annoyance to them.


How did you become interested in OPSEC?
The nature of my Intelligence job and the fact that I have taught it for 5 years here at the 39th IOS.


Do you feedback your survey results to the general populace through OPSEC awareness? (demonstrate and educate)
Yes. Results are discussed in a varitety of ways including through Commander’s Calls.


What has worked for you when attempting to gain leadership support for the OPSEC program?
Being straight forward and using real world examples of poor OPSEC and what can happen if OPSEC is not implemented and strictly adhered/taken seriously.


How do you promote an OPSEC/Security “Culture” at your site?
Awareness material (i.e., posters, e-mails), CC calls, focusing on training the “newbies” when they first get here and getting them into the mentality before they are too far in the door.


What type of mass OPSEC awareness has worked for you?
Real world stories/examples; if people have something real to relate to, it becomes more tangible and personal to them.


From where do you receive your OPSEC awareness material?


Have you personally written a Critical Information List? How did you distribute the information to concerned parties/groups?
Yes. Distributed by me, in person


What method for creating Critical Information Lists works best for you?
Working groups, one to two people from each element/section that know and understand the complete mission of that section. Not just Chiefs, but Indians too, because the lower ranking people are the ones doing the job on a daily basis and know details maybe Sr. leadership does not.


What has worked for you for giving OPSEC training?
Mostly the Commander’s Call forum, this is where you have the most participation and can ensure people are actually watching, listening, etc. Periodically send out things over e-mail just to keep it fresh it people’s minds.


Do you have any advice for new OPSEC professionals?
Use your network! Knowledge, continuity, vastless information lie here.


Do you have any thoughts on OPSEC in non-government, non-military settings?
OPSEC isn’t just for the government. Any company or business that has information or intellectual property to protect should take advantage of what a solid OPSEC program has to offer.


Do you have any other advice for your OPSEC peers?
Don’t be afraid to ask questions!


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