Washington (CNN)Security conditions at U.S. military bases were raised Thursday night, because of growing concern of a jihadist threat in the U.S.
It comes hours after FBI Director James Comey raised the prospect there are thousands of ISISfollowers online in the U.S.
“We have a general concern, obviously, that ISIL is focusing on the uniformed military and law enforcement,” Comey told reporters Thursday.
The order was signed by Admiral William Gortney, head of the command.
“We have the same concern about the potential threat posed by violent homegrown extremists,” said Captain Jeff Davis, spokesman for the U.S. Northern Command which oversees all U.S. military installations in the continental U.S.
Davis declined to specify the new security measures. But a U.S. official confirmed to CNN that U.S. military bases are now at “Force Protection Bravo,” which is defined by the Pentagon as an “increased and predictable threat of terrorism.” US bases generally have not been at this level since the tenth anniversary of the 9-11 attacks the official said.
“We are doing this as a prudent measure due to a lot of things in the news lately,” Davis said. “While this change is not tied to a specific credible threat, recent events have led us to recognize the need to take prudent steps to ensure that our security measures can be increased quickly.”
The change could mean more checks of vehicles entering bases, and 100% identity checks of all personnel. Davis emphasized “this is the new normal that we are going to have increased vigilance and force protection. We seek to be unpredictable.”
What is Force Protection Condition Level Bravo?
According to the US NAVY
–FPCON Alpha applies when there is a general threat of possible terrorist activity, but the nature and extent of the threat is unpredictable. FPCON Alpha measures may be sustained indefinitely. Under FPCON Alpha, installation commanders take steps to increase awareness and limit access to military facilities. Response procedures are reviewed and random checks are increased. Personnel can expect random vehicle checks and enhanced crime prevention efforts. When the FPCON increases, personnel should be alert for suspicious activity and reduce exposure.
–FPCON Bravo applies when an increased or more predictable threat of terrorist activity exists. In addition to FPCON Alpha measures, installation commanders will increase ID checks and inspections of facilities, deliveries, and packages. Some traffic will be restricted and vehicle barriers emplaced. Personnel can expect to experience some delays due to ID checks and vehicle inspections.