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Physical Security Procedures

Physical security of the intelligence collection equipment, software, and data on board EP-3E ARIES II is of paramount importance to the intelligence community and therefore specific procedures have been developed to protect the equipment and data from unauthorized disclosure. The EP-3A ARIES II is basically a "flying SCIF" a (Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility) due to the intelligence collection operations carried out onboard.

According to DCID 1/21, the manual for physical security standards for Sensitive Compartment Information Facilites, "if an aircraft were to make an unscheduled emergency landing in hostile territory, all SCI material will be immediately destroyed, with the destruction process preferably taking place prior to landing."

The manual further states that "all personel will rehearse emergency destruction before each mission." and that "an Emergency Action Plan (EAP) will be written that provides for the evacuation and/or destruction of classified material. Evacuation plans and destruction equipment must be approved by the CSA (Cognizant Security Authority) and tested by mission personel."

DCID 1/21 further states that "When removal of of the SCI material is not possible, two armed (with ammunition) SCI-indoctrinated personnel must remain with the aircraft to control entry to the SCIF."

[SOURCE -- DCID 1/21 Manual for PHYSICAL SECURITY STANDARDS FOR SENSITIVE COMPARTMENTED INFORMATION FACILITIES (SCIF) Effective 30 January 1994, Annex C Part 2 Aircraft/Airborne Operation



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