“WhatWorks in OPSEC” profile: SPC CJ Wittsell

Name: SPC CJ Wittsell
Industry: Military
Practices OPSEC in: USA/ US Forces Japan
Works With: Military- Active Duty/Guard/Reserve, Military- DOD Contractor/Civillian, Federal Government, Local Government, Law Enforcement, Independant Contractor

 

How often do you review in-place countermeasures for effectiveness?
on a constant basis, when stationed out of the US the service members have to always make sure that everything is in the right hands at all times

 

Do you have other duties besides OPSEC and what percentage of time is devoted to OPSEC?
i am also a training NCO, about 95% of my time is devoted to OPSEC

 

How often to you perform Open Source reviews against your site/location/mission/organization?
Once a month

 

Do you feel that having a well established network of OPSEC contacts is important? Why or why not?
yes, without the right chain of contacts, none of the soldiers i work with would know how to work properly in the SCIF invironment.

 

What is the toughest part of implementing OPSEC at your job station? How have you overcome these challenges?
making sure that all classified and possible harmful matirials are put away when our Japanese partners visit. all of the ncos in our workplace walk around and ensure everything that needs to be out of sight and out of mind is.

 

How did you become interested in OPSEC?
i worked as a battalion and as a brigade S-2 in my last duty station, it was my job to bring the OPSEC breifs down to real world visualizations for all of the soldiers that i worked for and with.

 

Do you feedback your survey results to the general populace through OPSEC awareness? (demonstrate and educate)
yes, it goes all the way to division.

 

What has worked for you when attempting to gain leadership support for the OPSEC program?
i always bring up my expiriences as an S-2 to the soldiers around me, with the many OPSEC violations i showed them that it could be stopped and showed them how to properly take care of the work they were intrusted with.

 

How do you promote an OPSEC/Security “Culture” at your site?
i make it a fun and interesting event, i’ve found that when soldiers can relate to what i’m telling them, they retain the knowledge better

 

What type of mass OPSEC awareness has worked for you?
the anual OPSEC briefs work very well, as well as the bottom up affect. i’ve seen privates show my current CSM the hazzards of not practacing good OPSEC.

 

From where do you receive your OPSEC awareness material
IOSS, OSPA, OSE, DOE

 

Have you personally written a Critical Information List? How did you distribute the information to concerned parties/groups?
yes, i sent it out at a staff level and had it dissiminated from the battalion commander

 

What method for creating Critical Information Lists works best for you?
going back to what has happened and basing my list off of that.

 

What has worked for you for giving OPSEC training?
from making it a game to breaking it down step by step in a real world situation.

 

Do you have any tips for conducting Open Source (OSINT) Reviews?
no, most of my reviews are closed seource due to my units area of operations.

 

Do you have any advice for new OPSEC professionals?
read the manuals and ask alot of questions, it always helps you bring it down to your own level of real world understanding.

 

Do you have any thoughts on OPSEC in non-government, non-military settings?
yes, some major companies practice OPSEC with alot of their products. without OPSEC some of those products that make and break someone’s career can easily be used against them and start a basis for being fired.

 

Do you have any other advice for your OPSEC peers?
keep each other up to date, after time the high speed training that we get diminishes in our minds… don’t hesitate to tell us new and improved ways of practacing OPSEC.

 

Do you have any amusing/exciting/interesting OPSEC anecdotes or examples to share?
have you remembered to put it away? check again, it could be embarrassing for you to walk around with your buiseness out, remember to put everything away, not just what you think is importiant.

 

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