In the wake of terror attacks in San Bernardino, Calif. and against global Western targets, the Department of Homeland Security is looking to unveil a new terror alert system to enhance the preparedness and response posture of United States.
“We need a system that adequately informs the public at large,” said Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson during a Defense One magazine summit as reported by ABC News. He hopes to unveil the new system in the coming days. The primary function of the new system will be to remove “some of the mystery about (the) global terrorist threat and what we are doing about it—and what we’re asking the public to do.”
This will be the third iteration of DHS’s public-facing terror alert system. Many recall the color-coded system put in place during President Bush’s administration and managed by former Secretary Tom Ridge shortly after 9/11 that was oft-criticized then modified nearly a decade later by Secretary Janet Napolitano under President Obama.
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