30 May 2011
Proper Security of Sensitive Items
Procedures for properly securing sensitive items differ depending on the type of sensitive item. Arms, ammunition, and explosives require the highest degree of security. Weapons and ammunition must be stored in an arms room with specific controls to prevent unauthorized access. Communications equipment, electronics, and night vision devices are slightly less secure in that they only require double barrier protection. Controlled cryptographic items require a risk assessment; however they do not require double barrier protection.
Arms, ammunition, and explosives require a high level of security at all times. When weapons are not in use they will be locked in a weapons rack which is chained to the wall of the arms room. Ammunition will be stored in the arms room in banded grates or approved metal containers or cabinets. If a metal container or cabinet is used it will be locked with a 5200 series padlock. Any container weighing less than five hundred pounds will be chained to the wall using heavy duty hardened steel chain of at least 5/16 inch thickness. The arms room must be protected by an electronic intrusion detection system (IDS) or a 24 hour armed guard. When an IDS is in use it must be tested monthly and the results must be recorded on a DA Form 4930-R, Alarm/Intrusion Detection Record. A physical count of all arms, ammunition, and other sensitive items must be conducted every time the arms room is opened and closed. The results of the inventory will be recorded on a DA Form 1891, Daily Arms Room Inventory Report and maintained on file until the next monthly serial number inventory is conducted. Monthly serial number inventories are recorded on a DA Form 1891-1, Monthly Serial Number Inventory of Weapons, Ammunition and Explosives maintain these records for twenty-four months if there are no discrepancies or forty-eight months with discrepancies. When the assigned user for a weapon is issued his or her...