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Ray Mabus Unveils New Operations Security Guidance

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Navy Secretary Ray Mabus has released a new set of operations security guidelines in a move to inform the service branch community about a new computer network defense policy unveiled in May to help protect critical information.

ALNAV 072/16 serves as a supplement to the operations security policy and contains the responsibilities and accountability requirements for commanding officer, the U.S. Navy said Wednesday.

”Today we face a whole host of new threats and we are our own worst enemy,” said Lt. Cmdr. Josh Segal, a program manager for the Navy.

“We have very sophisticated adversaries who watch our every move, with the proliferation of smartphones and social media; we need to be significantly more vigilant in what we say and do,” Segal added.

The OPSEC policy contains a self-inspection tool designed to ensure the Defense Department and Navy standards are followed and that higher level commands oversee their subordinate programs.

The policy also includes a list of information the secretary considers critical across the Navy.

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