Vintage U.S. Marines OPSEC Poster
Vintage U.S. Marines OPSEC Poster

According to WikipediaOperations Security (OPSEC) is a process that identifies critical information to determine if friendly actions can be observed by adversary intelligence systems, determines if information obtained by adversaries could be interpreted to be useful to them, and then executes selected measures that eliminate or reduce adversary exploitation of friendly critical information.

In the Military/Intelligence communities, OPSEC is a 5 part process:

  1. Identification of Critical Information
  2. Analysis of Threats
  3. Analysis of Vulnerabilities
  4. Assessment of Risk
  5. Application of Appropriate OPSEC Measures

Operations Security within the survivalist and preparedness communities often amounts to whom you do and do not discuss your prepping activities with, for the purpose of avoiding negative attention. It also often involves the prepper providing misinformation about their prepping activities to others who are considered potential threats in some way, again to avoid attention that could result in negative consequences.

Source: Wikipedia, RSOPerator.

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RSOP is the co-founder & Executive Editor of Radical Survivalism Webzine, as well as a Family Preparedness Consultant with over seven years of personal experience in the self-reliance game. RSOP's many preparedness roles within his own group include team mechanic, head of security, electrician, and project designer/engineer.