Office of the Personnel Manager-Facilities Security Forces (OPM-FSF)
Apr 21 – The Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced the US State Department determination “approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Saudi Arabia for support services and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $80 million.. ..three years of support services for the Facilities Security Forces-Training and Advisory Group (FSF-TAG) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in support of the .. Ministry of Interior.
June – DoD Announces assignment of Maj.Gen. Robert Catalanotti from Program Manager-Facilities Security Forces, U.S. Central Command, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to J-7 CENTCOM, MacDill AFB, FL (It was announced in 2010 that he was reassigned from Saudi Arabia to Korea – see below.)
August – DoD announces: Army Reserve Brig. Gen. Robert G. Catalanotti has been nominated for promotion to the rank of major general and assignment as deputy commanding general (support), (individual mobilization augmentee), Eighth U.S. Army, Korea. Catalanotti is currently serving as program manager, Facilities Security Forces, U.S. Army Central Command, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
March – DoD Announces assignment of Brig.Gen. Robert Catalanotti to Program Manager-Facilities Security Forces, U.S. Central Command, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
October 27 – US State Department warning.
“The State Department cable said a subsequent U.S. assessment of Abqaiq security standards determined that it remained ‘highly vulnerable to other types of sophisticated terrorist attacks.'”
Aug – “..in order to support the May 2008 Technical Cooperation Agreement signed between the United States and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, US Central Command “established the Office of the Program Manager-Facilities Security Forces (OPM-FSF) to advise and assist the Kingdom’s Critical Infrastructure Protection program.” Source: 108th Training Command History
Aug 11 –
Wikileaks cable from US Embassy Riyadh – “‘The continuing vulnerability of Saudi Arabia’s strategic oil and gas production facilities represents an Achilles’ heel for U.S. strategic interests in the kingdom and throughout the Gulf region, not to mention US economic security in general,’ the cable concluded. ‘In the estimation of the MOI, these facilities face a serious threat from both al Qaida and Iran.'”
“We did not save Abqaiq, God did,” Prince Muhammad bin Naif is quoted as saying in a secret cable that the U.S. embassy in Riyadh, the Saudi capital, sent to the State Department in Washington on Aug. 11, 2008.
May 16 – “Technical Cooperation Agreement” signed by Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice and Minister of Interior Nayif Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud — “..desirous of facilitating the transfer of technical knowledge, advice, skills and resources from United States to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in the areas of critical infrastructure protection and public security, including border protection, civil defense capabilities, and coast guard and maritime capabilities, The Parties agree that:..”
February 24 – Attack on Abqaiq oil facility, Eastern Province, Saudi Arabia.
The Impact of the Abqaiq Attack on Saudi Energy Security – Khaled Al-Rodhan – SUSRIS – Feb 28, 2006
Terrorist Attack at Abqaiq Oil Facility Thwarted – SUSRIS – Feb 25, 2006
Saudi Oil Facilities: Al-Qaeda’s Next Target? – SUSRIS – Feb 24, 2006
December 19 – The “Al Qaeda Organization in the Arabian Peninsula” posted a message on its website urging its members “to strike all foreign targets and the hideouts of the tyrants to rid the peninsula of the infidels and their supporters. We call on all the mujahideen to target the sources of oil which do not serve the Islamic nation but serve the enemies of the nation.”
December 16 – Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden released an audiotape making an explicit connection between U.S. forces in Iraq and the region’s oil reserves; in the audiotape, he praised the terrorists who attacked the U.S. Consulate in Jeddah. Bin Laden said, “Targeting America in Iraq in terms of economy and losses in life is a golden and unique opportunity. Do not waste it only to regret it later. One of the most important reasons that led our enemies to control our land is the theft of our oil. Do everything you can to stop the biggest plundering operation in history—the plundering of the resources of the present and future generations in collusion with the agents and the aliens.. ..Be active and prevent them from reaching the oil, and mount your operations accordingly, particularly in Iraq and the Gulf, for this is their fate.”
May 12, 2013 – Al Qaeda launches campaign against Saudi Arabian government, attacking KSA and Western targets in the Kingdom