On 8 December 2010, 21 year old Antonio Martinez [aka Muhammad Hussain], a recent convert to radical Islam, was arrested after he attempted to blow up a military recruiting center in Catonsville, Maryland, using what he believed was a vehicle borne improvised explosive device [VBIED]. According to the criminal complaint, Martinez came to the attention of the FBI after a confidential source informed them of the following statement he had made on his Facebook page, “Any 1 who ALLAH and HIS Prophet PEACE .Be.Upon. Him I hate u with all of my heart”.
This guide presents reference material associated with planning and executing programs and operations for protecting Air Force personnel and assets against the threat of vehicle bombs – it is designed for use by a variety of key players, ranging from the Airman at the base gate to the Installation Commander. As with all sound force protection efforts, this guide tackles the threat class using a multi-dimensional approach incorporating threat detection and loss mitigation.
Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Devices (VBIEDs) pose complex security challenges for all sectors. To reduce vulnerabilities from an attack using VBIEDs, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office for Bombing Prevention (OBP) recommends the protective measures listed below.