Fort McCoy News Nov. 24, 2017

National Terrorism Advisory System bulletin

updated, extended

The Department of Homeland Security has updated its National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) bulletin, which describes current developments or general trends regarding threats of terrorism.

"After careful consideration of the current terror threat environment — and with input from intelligence and law-enforcement partners — I have made the decision to update and extend the NTAS bulletin for six months," Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke said.

"Our enemies remain focused on attacking the United States, and they are constantly adapting," she said. "(The Department of Homeland Security) and its partners are stepping up efforts to keep terrorists out of America and to prevent terrorist recruitment and radicalization here at home, and we urge the public to remain vigilant and report suspicious activity."

The bulletin highlights the increasing use of technology in coordinating terrorist attacks and recruiting. It also states that terrorists are focusing on easily obtained and used items to target public places and events. The bulletin can be viewed at www.dhs.gov/advisories.

The Fort McCoy Antiterrorism Office reminds people that an informed, vigilant, and engaged community is the main way to identify potential terrorists and prevent attacks.

It is always better to report suspicious behaviors, whether they turn out to be a threat or not. You are the first line of defense against terrorism. Be aware of your surroundings. Report anything unusual to your chain of command, local authorities, or the FBI.

Here are examples of behaviors and activities to report:

• people drawing or measuring important buildings.

• strangers asking questions about security forces or security procedures.

• briefcases, suitcases, backpacks, or packages left behind.

• vehicles left in "no parking" zones in front of important buildings.

• intruders found in secure areas.

• people wearing clothes that are too big and bulky and/or too hot for the weather.

• unusual chemical smells or fumes.

• people asking questions about sensitive information such as building blueprints, security plans, schedules, or VIP travel.

• purchasing supplies or equipment that can be used to make bombs or weapons or purchasing uniforms without the proper credentials.

Report as much information as possible to police. Some good information to take note of includes:

• What type of activity was it? Describe it.

• When did the suspicious activity occur?

• Where did the activity occur?

• How many people are involved?

• How many vehicles are involved?

Suspicious behavior or activities should be reported to local law enforcement. On Fort McCoy, call 608-388-2000. In an emergency, always call 911.

   (Article prepared by the Fort McCoy Antiterrorism Office and Public Affairs Office.)