59 MDW Public Affairs Security and Policy Review

Security and policy review ensures that Air Force information is released in a timely manner, without divulging classified or sensitive technical or operational information. It also ensures that information is technically accurate, non-proprietary, free of information about critical military technology and conforms to Department of Defense and military service policies. This page details the process to submit information for security and policy review to the 59th Medical Wing Public Affairs Office. 

What Needs to be Submitted

Material proposed for public release that mentions the 59th Medical Wing, Department of Defense, or any other government agency’s plans, policies, programs, operations, personnel or activities needs to be cleared through Security and Policy Review.

Presentation charts, briefing slides, photos, videos, speeches, abstracts, manuscripts, technical papers, dissertations, journal articles, and news releases are examples of Air Force material that must be submitted. If there is uncertainty on whether to submit, contact 59 MDW Public Affairs.

Do Not Submit

Material intended to be shared exclusively with AF, DoD and defense contractors involved in the program normally does not require Security and Policy Review. Example: If a CAC is required to access the material, then PA clearance is not needed.

Do NOT submit contractual documents or other material intended for posting to the Federal Business Opportunities (www.FBO.gov) website in support of the DoD acquisition mission. Although these materials should be reviewed by unit Operational Security Managers and Foreign Disclosure personnel to verify they do not contain critical information before they are posted, Air Force policy precludes sending them through the Security and Policy Review process.

Submission Procedures

This is an electronic process for submitting material for review. Government submitters must have Common Access Card access to the Air Force network.

Directive submission procedures are detailed in AF Instruction 35-102 (4 May 16). Submitters must review the entire instruction to ensure compliance.  Selected excerpts are summarized in this fact sheet, however all submitters are responsible for ensuring compliance with the instruction.

The AFIMSC Security and Policy Review Worksheet, is the prescribed form. Earlier versions are obsolete and will not be accepted.  Detailed instructions for completion are on page two of the form. 

Coordinate the material you want cleared for public release through your organization using the AFIMSC Security and Policy Review Worksheet.  Obtain the minimum three required electronic signatures by appropriate subject matter expert U.S. Government (not contractor) personnel. 

Submitters are responsible for ensuring appropriate coordination with other program offices, commands or agencies which have equities in the release decision. This coordination should be accomplished before submission to Public Affairs and clearly annotated on the AFIMSC Security and Policy Review Worksheet.

Non-human research must have subject matter expert signatures from a veterinarian and legal prior to 59 MDW Public Affairs review. Submit the completed AFIMSC Security and Policy Review Worksheet and the document to be reviewed via 59 MDW Public Affairs SharePoint
Submit final copies only. Do not submit interim drafts or documents with blanks. These will be returned without action.

Submission Procedures - Defense Contractors/Contractor Authors:

Defense contracts frequently stipulate information must be reviewed by U.S. Government program office and Public Affairs prior to public release by the contractor. In all cases, the contractor must certify all material submitted for review meets criteria for public release and does not contain classified, sensitive or proprietary information.

Contractors must submit material proposed for public release for review according to valid contract requirements as specified in Defense Department (DD) Form 254, Department of Defense Contract Security Classification Specification, DoDM 5220.22, Vol 2, National Industrial Security Program: Industrial Security Procedures for Government Activities.. Most materials must be sent via conventional or express mail or hand carried. The only items permissible to be emailed, via secure transmission, are proposed contractor news releases and publicity materials. Contractor representatives may send these via approved secure communications systems or systems utilizing other protective measures such as Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) or transport layer security (e.g., https) IAW the contract. 

Public Affairs will NOT accept or review materials submitted directly by defense contractors. The contracting activity/program office will ensure necessary coordination of contractor information with Public Affairs.

Upon receipt of contractor requests, the appropriate Air Force program office subject matter expert will, in coordination with technical, OPSEC, Security Manager, Foreign Disclosure, STINFO Officer and other directorate subject matter expert reviewers, complete the AFIMSC Security and Policy Review Worksheet and submit to Public Affairs via email, as described above

Submission Deadlines 

If your material requires only local Public Affairs clearance, please allow up to ten working days (not including the day of submission) for review. Exceptions are granted only in rare circumstances.

Please note complex documents, manuscripts, dissertations and theses may take up to 45 days for review by Pentagon or other federal agencies with an equity in the decision to release. The clock does not start until the material reaches Public Affairs.EXAMPLE: Material that contains nuclear deterrence, contingency operations, any Air Force or DoD current hot topics.

Public Affairs will not clear information "after-the-fact," which has already been presented/distributed or for which the submission or use deadline(s) have already passed. Your information will be returned without review.

Clearance Notifications 

The submitter listed on the AFIMSC Security and Policy Review Worksheet will receive an e-mail notification on disposition of the case as soon as all proper coordination has been accomplished. Exception: Clinical Research Division will receive an email notification on disposition for all material sent to 59 MDW by the Clinical Research Division. It is the submitter's responsibility to further notify all interested parties of the release decision.

The most frequent security and policy review determinations are:

  • Cleared for Release
  • Cleared, with Recommendation
  • Cleared, as Amended
  • Objection, Not Cleared
  • AF No Objection (additional coordination required by other non-AF agencies)
  • AF No Equity


59 MDW/PA reviews approximately 3,000 cases annually. Please do not call or e-mail Public Affairs to request status on a submitted case until the minimum coordination time has passed (see Submission Deadlines). We regret any inconvenience this may cause and sincerely appreciate your cooperation, as these requests delay processing for all cases in coordination.