About the OPSEC Professionals Society
notion and practice of OPSEC dates back more than a millennium,
when armies (and navies) used denial and deception to keep
operations a secret from their enemies.
Although the practice is an old one, the term OPSEC is
relatively new. It wasn’t
until the Vietnam War when it was discovered the enemy was being
tipped off to our missions, that the Department of Defense formed
Purple Dragon teams to
analyze, counteract and mitigate the loss and exploitation of
operational and tactical information.
That was the first specialized program for the protection
of operational information. It
still took more than 20 years for the United States Government to
make OPSEC a national prerogative.*
President Ronald Reagan signed Presidential Decision
Directive NSDD 298 in January 1988, formalizing the National
Operations Security Program. Two
years later, in March 1990, one of the original Purple
Dragon Teams members and an author of the President Reagan’s
NSDD, along with other OPSEC experts formed the Operations
Security Professionals Society (OPS).
OPS was born of the
need to further the application of OPSEC as a professional
discipline and to foster the highest standards of professionalism
and competence among its members.
Now, more than 20 years later, our membership has swelled to over 500 past and present members. Although we may be relatively small as professional associations go, we are the predominate leader in the OPSEC professional community. We are the only association providing professional certifications and credentialing in the field of OPSEC. Our Society mission extends beyond just our members, as we attempt to help organizations understand and enable proper application of this mission-enhancing discipline. (Read more about the OPSEC process below.)
Membership and OPS Governance
members are comprised of United States government, military,
corporate and private practice professionals and those of our
nations allies who specialize in the field of OPSEC,
Counterintelligence, and other related disciplines.
The society is governed in accordance with OPS
by a Board of Directors elected from among the membership, and
members staff committees and various working groups in furtherance
of the OPS mission. National
Officers are elected from among members of the Board.
All members are expected to abide by the "OPS
Code of Ethics".
The Officers and BOD
are as Follows:
Jack Emanuelson, OCP
John Peterson, III
Val Simpson, OCP
Ernie Smith, III, OCP
- Page Last Updated On October 20, 2014