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Current Threat Levels

Electricity Sector Physical
Elevated (Yellow)

Electricity Sector Cyber
Elevated (Yellow)

Homeland Security
Elevated (Yellow)

DOE Security Condition
SECON 3 modified

NRC Security Level:
Elevated (Yellow)

 

“The number one threat to American national security during this long war is neither anthrax nor truck bombs … it is uncontrolled spending. We cannot afford to put guards on every bridge and at every critical node of our infrastructure. We cannot afford a sophisticated chemical and biodetector in every government building. America cannot afford a risk-free society in a world of global terrorism. The enemy’s strategy is to destroy our economy. We must not facilitate their efforts. America will need to spend considerable sums of money to ensure our security … but we must do it wisely … there will be no money to waste on irrational fear and unconscionable pork. We must develop a strategic plan to guide our efforts. This must include federal, state and local governments, plus the private sector. Since 9-11, more than 130 bills regarding homeland security have been introduced in the House of Representatives. This is not the example of spending based on a strategic plan.

“The outcome of this war will determine the type of nation our grandchild will know. I do not want that to be a nation that is bankrupt.”

Randall Larsen, Director, ANSER Institute for Homeland Security, at the National Defense University Symposium on Quadrennial Defense Review 2001

 

Essential Documents


Current and Projected National Security Threats, U.S. Senate Committee on Intelligence, January 11 2007


The International Terrorist Threat to the UK, Speech By The Director General Of The Security Service, Dame Eliza Manningham-Buller, At Queen Mary's College, London, 9 November 2006

UK Threat Levels: The System to Assess the Threat from International Terrorism, Home Office, July 2006

Testimony on current and future worldwide threats to the national security of the United States, Senate Committee on Armed Services, February 28, 2006

Current and Projected National Security Threats to the United States, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence,, February 16, 2005

The DHS Strategic Plan -- Securing Our Homeland,  February 24, 2004

Current and Projected National Security Threats to the United States, U.S. Senate Committee on Intelligence, February 24, 2004

Select Committee on Homeland Security: War on Terror Timeline, September 2003

Homeland Security: Efforts to Improve Information Sharing Need to Be Strengthened. GAO-03-760, August 27, 2003

National Strategy for Combating Terrorism, White House, February 14, 2003

Current and Projected National Security Threats to the United States
, U.S. Senate Committee on Intelligence, February 11, 2003

National Strategy for Homeland Security, [2.7 MB] July 2002

President Establishes Office of Homeland Security, October 2001

Executive Order Establishing Office of Homeland Security , 8 October 2001

Road Map for National Security: Imperative for Change, [1.7 MB] the Phase III Report of the U.S. Commission on National Security/21st Century, The United States Commission on National Security/21st Century January 31, 2001


Homeland Security Guides & Alerts

DHS Information Bulletin: Guidance for Response to Ricin Delivered by Mail, February 9, 2004

DHS Information Bulletin Title: Potential Terrorist Use of Official Identification, Uniforms, or Vehicles, July 22, 2003

Homeland Security Information Bulletin Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Materials and Effects, May 28, 2003

Potential Indicators of Threats Involving Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive
Devices (VBIEDs)
, Homeland Security Information Bulletin, May 15, 2003

(NCIX) Potential Indicators of Threats Involving Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) and Emergency Actions
, April 2003

What constitutes a “suspicious parcel”?, FBI Advisory





Articles


Homeland Defense

National Intelligence Estimate: The Terrorist Threat to the US Homeland, DNI July 2007

Chemical Attack on America: How Vulnerable Are We?, U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, April 27, 2005

Current and Projected National Security Threats to the United States
, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, February 16, 2005

Unclassified Report to Congress on the Acquisition of Technology Relating to Weapons of Mass Destruction and Advanced Conventional Munitions, 1 July Through 31 December 2003, CIA November 2004

Senators Introduce Measure to Implement 9-11 Commission Recommendations, 7 August 2004

Joint Hearing: “Progress in Consolidating Terrorist Watchlists -- the Terrorist Screening Center (TSC)”, Subcommittee on Intelligence and Counterterrorism & Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security, March 25, 2004

Effective Strategies Against Terrorism
Hearing, U.S. House Committee on Government Reform Subcommittee on National Security, Emerging Threats, and International Relations, February 03, 2004

Combating Terrorism: Evaluation of Selected Characteristics of National Strategies Related to Terrorism, by Randall A. Yim, managing director, homeland security and justice issues, before the Subcommittee on National Security, Emerging Threats, and International Relations, House Committee on Government Reform. GAO-04-408T, February 3, 2004.

Homeland Defense: DOD Needs to Assess the Structure of U.S. Forces for Domestic Military Missions. GAO-03-670 July 11, 2003

HSAS (Homeland Security Advisory System)

Remarks by Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge Regarding Recent Threat Reports, August 01, 2004

Homeland Security Advisory System: Preliminary Observations Regarding Threat Level Increases from Yellow to Orange, GAO-04-453R, February 26, 2004.

"The Homeland Security Advisory System: Improving Preparedness through Effective Warning", Select Committee on Homeland Security Hearing, February 2004

HSAS Lowered to Elevated (Yellow), May 30, 2003

Statement by Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge on Raising the Threat Level to Orange, May 20, 2003

Department of Homeland Security Advisory No. 03-017
, April 16, 2003

(Orange) Statement by Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge
, 18 March 2003

Agency Actions in Response to the National Elevated Alert Level, Department of Homeland Security, 7 February 2003

U.S. Upgrades Terrorist Threat Warning to Second Highest Level, Washington Factfile, 7 February 2003

Homeland Security Threat Level Raised to Orange, White House, 7 February 2003

Remarks by Governor Ridge Announcing Homeland Security Advisory System, 12 March, 2002


Homeland Security Presidential Directive-3, 11 March, 2002


DHS Speeches & Testimonies

Joint Oversight hearing on “The Terrorist Threat Integration Center (TTIC) and its Relationship with the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security.”, July 22, 2003

Statement of Under Secretary Dr. Charles E. McQueary Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate, before the House Select Committee on Homeland Security Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Science, and Research and Development, 21.May, 2003

Statement of Department of Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge
Before the House Select Committee on Homeland Security, 20. May, 2003

Remarks by Al Martinez-Fonts to the Electronic Industries Alliance, 06 May, 2003

Physical Security

Hearing: DOE Nuclear Security: What Are the Challenges, and What's Next?", Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, The Committee on Energy and Commerce, May 11, 2004

Lessons Learned from Security at Past Olympic Games, Competition, Foreign Commerce, and Infrastructure Hearing, May 4 2004


US-VISIT


Hearing To Evaluate the U.S.VISIT Program, Testimonies Before the House Select Committee on Homeland Security, Subcommittee on Infrastructure and Border Securit, January, 2004


General Articles

Investigative Programs - Protecting America’s Financial Systems, Department of Homeland Security, July 2003

First 100 Days of Homeland Security, U.S. Department of Homeland Security Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release, April 29, 2003

Homeland Security: Justice Department's Project to Interview Aliens After September 11, 2001. GAO-03-459, April 11, 2003.

Homeland Security: Information Sharing Responsibilities, Challenges, and Key Management Issues, by Robert F. Dacey, director, information security issues, and Randolph C. Hite, director, information technology architecture and systems issues, before the House Committee on Government Reform. GAO-03-715T, May 8, 2003

.Emerging Threats and Capabilities -
To receive testimony on technology for combating terrorism and weapons of mass destruction in review of the Defense Authorization Request for Fiscal Year 2003, US Senate Committee on Armed Services, 10 April, 2002

Global Threats and Challenges, Vice Admiral Thomas R. Wilson, Director, Defense Intelligence Agency, Statement for the Record, Senate Armed Services Committee, 19 March 2002

Worldwide Threat - Converging Dangers in a Post 9/11 World, Testimony of Director of Central Intelligence, George J. Tenet, before the Senate Armed Services Committee, 19 March 2002

Transcript: U.S. Homeland Security Depends on Partnership, 23 January 2002

(Biosecurity) Statement of James R. Moseley Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Before the House Agriculture Committee On Thursday, November 15, 2001

Transcript: Ridge, Mueller Brief on Terrorism Investigations - News from the Washington File, 2 November 2001

Presidential Directive Establishes Homeland Security Panels, 30 October 2001

Tom Ridge, Other Federal Officials Brief on Anthrax, 29 October 2001

Director Ridge Briefs Media at Week's End, 19 October 2001

Director Ridge, Leaders Discuss Homeland Security, 18 October 2001

New Counter-Terrorism and CyberSpace Security Positions Announced, 9 October 2001

Biography of Governor Tom Ridge, October 2001

Gov. Ridge Sworn-In to Lead Homeland Security, 8 October 2001

The DTIC Review: Homeland Defense, September, 2001





 


 

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Government

Canada

Office of Critical Infrastructure Protection And Emergency Preparedness (OCIPEP)
On February 5, 2001 Prime Minister Jean Chrétien announced the creation of the Office of Critical Infrastructure Protection and Emergency Preparedness. The Minister of National Defence will be the Minister responsible for the organization, which will also encompass the existing functions of Emergency Preparedness Canada. Margaret Purdy has been appointed as Associate Deputy Minister of National Defence and will lead the new organization.


US

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has three primary missions: Prevent terrorist attacks within the United States, reduce America's vulnerability to terrorism, and minimize the damage from potential attacks and natural disasters.

Ready.gov (DHS) - the Department of Homeland Security, in partnership with The Advertising Council and the Sloan Foundation, launched a national public service advertising (PSA) campaign that will educate and empower American citizens to prepare for and respond to potential future terrorist attacks.

Select Committee on Homeland Security - U.S. House of Representatives


United Kingdom

National Infrastructure Security Coordination Centre (NISCC) 'to ensure sound mechanisms are in place to protect the critical national infrastructure. We set up the National Infrastructure Security Coordination Centre (NISCC) in late 1999 to coordinate and develop work to protect the critical national infrastructure in the public and the private sector against electronic attack. NISCC is raising awareness of information security across those organisations responsible for the critical national infrastructure.' UK e-envoy


NGO

Anser Institute For Homeland Security is a not-for-profit public-service research organization examining a new set of national security challenges. Initiated and funded by ANSER's Board of Trustees in October 1999 and formally established in April 2001, the Institute believes that preparing for these new challenges will require a determined, integrated effort at every stage of the process: deterrence, prevention, preemption, crisis management, consequence management, attribution and response.


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