COMSEC material or unclassified COMSEC key marked CRYPTO. It is also the loss, theft, capture, recovery by
salvage, or tampering of unclassified keyed CCI.
(2) A personnel incident occurs when a person with access to classified COMSEC information is
suspected of espionage, defection, subversion, or sabotage. It also includes deliberate or accidental disclosure of
that information to an unauthorized person. Other examples are the capture, unauthorized absence, or the
revocation of a clearance for cause of a person having detailed knowledge of COMSEC matters.
(3) A cryptographic incident is any equipment malfunction or crypto-operator error. These may help
unauthorized persons recover the message texts, or the key to a cryptosystem through cryptoanalytic methods.
COMSEC material control system. COMSEC material has its own logistics system.
a. Accountable material is distributed, controlled, and protected using the CMCS. It includes ACCOR,
depots, and COMSEC accounts and subaccounts.
b. Reportable material is accountable COMSEC material that needs periodic inventory and
reconciliation with ACCOR. This ensures strict accounting and centralized control. Keying material is also
controlled in the CMCS.
COMSEC material management data catalog. Known as ARKAG 2, it lists catalog data for all COMSEC
material. The critical data elements are noted for each item in ARKAG 2.
a. The ALC identifies accountability requirements in the CMCS.
b. The CHIC identifies the classification of an item. The AMDF lists the CC for COMSEC equipment.
The AMDF also lists the source of supply for COMSEC equipment.
c. The SSC also identifies the classification of an item.
COMSEC classifications. COMSEC custodians must know how to protect and control COMSEC
material. Proper handling ensures proper safeguarding.
a. COMSEC information cannot be released to foreign nationals unless authorized by the Deputy Chief
of Staff for Intelligence, Headquarters, Department of the Army (HQDA). This applies even if NOFORN (not
releasable to foreign nationals) is not on a document.