The Department of Defense has raised the level of security conditions at the Pentagon and other Defense facilities in the Capital region to the second highest, according to two US Defense officials.
The level is called force protection condition “Charlie” — also known as FPCON CHARLIE — and the officials said the Pentagon went from force protection condition Bravo to Charlie because of overall concerns about vandalism amid civil unrest.
US Northern Command, which oversees military operations in the continental United States, changed the force protection condition.
“We increased the force protection level at select installations within the National Capital Region to best ensure the safety and security of our service members and their families,” a Northern Command spokesperson said in a statement.
What this level means: According to the US Army, “FPCON Charlies applies when an incident occurs or intelligence is received indicating some form of terrorist action or targeting against personnel or facilities is likely.”
The increased condition will further result in increased security, including additional identity checks at defense facilities.
Earlier in the day, chief Pentagon spokesperson Jonathan Hoffman said there had been increase in force protection condition.
“We have increased the force protection level in the MCR, basically the Pentagon reservation and other facilities in the NCR. This is a modest increase. For the most part we have been at that level to some extent. And so some changes happened. Not dramatic,” Hoffman said.