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National Threat Advisory to Be Replaced by National Terrorism Alert System

January 27, 2011 — Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano announced Thursday the end of the existing color-coded national threat advisory system. This system will be completely phased out over the next 90 days and be replaced with the “National Terrorism Alert System” (NTAS).

In her first “State of the Nation’s National Security” speech, Napolitano stated, “Securing our homeland has been and continues to be one of our national priorities.” The new NTAS will provide specific information about a threat and will be targeted to a specific sector (airports, shopping malls, etc.) or to the public through social media and the news media. The new alerts will also include what steps the public must take, what we should be looking for, and what steps DHS will take to counter the threat. Whenever possible the NTAS will be issued for a specific or limited time frame.

EAA will be involved in helping shape the new national security program as it relates to general aviation during the 90-day transition period. Stay tuned as further details of the new NTAS program become available. Just as EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2010 was the national kickoff point for the new DHS/TSA security program called “GA Security is up to YOU,” EAA continues to be an active partner in our nation’s security efforts.

Read Secretary Napolitano’s speech here.


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