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DoD Security Engineering Facilities Planning Manual (Part 1)

Robert E. Merton, PE

The need to implement security and antiterrorist measures in Department of Defense (DoD) facilities and structures has been clearly demonstrated. Meeting this need required changes in new and retrofit construction criteria, as well as new and upgraded systems installation. To insure consistency in construction standards and systems utilized in DoD facilities, uniform design criteria and requirements have been developed and incorporated into Unified Facilities Criteria (UFCs). Uniform design criteria are required to provide reasonable protection, at a reasonable cost, based on the threat and the value of the asset. Therefore, an evaluation process based on risk and cost of protecting an asset against a threat must be utilized. At the same time, while the design criteria should be standardized, flexibility to adjust to a particular real world situation must be incorporated into the process. In addition, there is a need to acknowledge that there are some threats that cannot be reasonably countered utilizing design criteria alone.

As the result of these needs, a standard process to identify common design criteria, construction standards, and expected cost increases associated with implementing these criteria, has been established.

This 6 hour course introduces aggressor threats and tactics, and examines the process for developing the design criteria for security and antiterrorist measures to protect Department of Defense (DoD) facilities and structures. This is the first of two courses developed utilizing this UFC. The second course covers design strategies, master planning considerations, and project cost development.

This course is intended for engineers, architects, facility planners, DoD intelligence personnel, DoD security personnel, government contracting personnel, DoD contractors, and students.

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

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