Back in the day, I published a post about the practicality of Jeff Cooper’s color-code threat assessment system. In the intervening two years, the Department of Homeland Security has been trying to get me to update a link to a page describing their system. Which has changed. Instead of all those colors, the DHS’s National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) offers two threat levels. An Elevated Threat Alert “warns of a credible terrorist threat against the United States.”¬†An Imminent Threat Alert “Warns of a credible, specific, and impending terrorist threat against the United States.” So now you know. And guess what? NTAS DHS is on Twitter! Does it worry you that they only have 18,259 followers? Does me. Just goes to show you what $56.36 buys you in terms of civilian preparedness. Meanwhile, keep your eyes open and a gun on your hip. Void where prohibited by law. Or not. But you didn’t hear that from me.


  1. Only thing I want to know from the G is what direction a real threat is coming from. That way I can beat feet in the other direction. Let the boys on the payroll get the medals, I’ll cheer from the rear.

  2. I still remember Chertoff deciding the country was in threat level orange because of a “gut feeling” he had. I’m not sure the non-color system means much more, or tells anyone anything useful at all.

  3. They should just adopt the DoD force protection system. It goes from normal to imminent in four clearly defined stages using the NATO alphabet.

    • I thought the curent administration WAS the real threat, as in the attorney general, the secretary of state, the vice president, Senators like Schumer, Pelosi, and a cast of thousands (counting the TSA, DHS, etc.)


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