DHS Issues National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) Bulletin
The Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas has issued a National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) Bulletin regarding the continued heightened threat environment across the United States. This is the sixth NTAS Bulletin issued by DHS since January 2021. It replaces the current Bulletin that was set to expire June 16.
“As recent acts of violence in communities across the country have so tragically demonstrated, the nation remains in a heightened threat environment, and we expect that environment will become more dynamic in the coming months,” Mayorkas said. “The Department of Homeland Security remains steadfast in our commitment to provide timely information and resources to the American public and our partners across every level of government, in law enforcement, and in the private sector. This includes regular engagements with stakeholders to maintain awareness about the threat environment, trainings and online resources to help communities stay safe, increased sharing of information with law enforcement partners, and millions of dollars in grant funding opportunities for communities and organizations to enhance security and advance prevention efforts.”
DHS expects the threat environment to become more dynamic as several high-profile events could be exploited to justify acts of violence against a range of possible targets. These targets could include public gatherings, faith-based institutions, schools, racial, ethnic, and religious minorities, government facilities and staff, U.S. critical infrastructure, the media and perceived ideological opponents.
Threat actors have recently mobilized to violence due to factors such as personal grievances, reactions to current events, and adherence to violent extremist ideologies, including racially or ethnically motivated or anti-government/anti-authority violent extremism. Foreign adversaries—including terrorist organizations and nation state adversaries—also remain intent on exploiting the threat environment to promote or inspire violence, sow discord or undermine U.S. democratic institutions. DHS continues to assess that the primary threat of mass casualty violence in the United States stems from lone offenders and small groups motivated by a range of ideological beliefs and/or personal grievances.
DHS works with partners across every level of government, in the private sector, and in local communities to keep Americans safe, through resources and support.
DHS and the FBI. Both federal agencies continue to share timely and actionable information and intelligence with the broadest audience possible. This includes sharing information and intelligence with partners across every level of government and in the private sector. DHS conducts recurring threat briefings with private sector and state, local, tribal, territorial, and campus partners, including to inform security planning efforts.
The Office of Intelligence and Analysis. The National Counterterrorism Center and FBI released updated behavioral indicators of U.S. extremist mobilization to violence. Further, I&A’s National Threat Evaluation and Reporting Program continues to provide tools and resources for federal, state, local, tribal and territorial partners on preventing terrorism and targeted violence, including online suspicious activity reporting training.
Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security. The agency works with government and private sector partners – including owners and operators of critical infrastructure, soft target facilities, and public gathering places – to enhance security and mitigate risks posed by acts of terrorism and targeted violence through its network of Protective Security Advisors and resources addressing Active Shooters, School Safety, Bombing Prevention and Soft Targets-Crowded Places.
Center for Prevention Programs and Partnerships. CP3 educates and trains stakeholders on how to identify indicators of radicalization to violence, where to seek help, and the resources that are available to prevent targeted violence and terrorism. In 2021, CP3 awarded about $20 million in grants through its Targeted Violence and Terrorism Prevention (TVTP) Grant Program.
Domestic violent extremism. In 2021, DHS designated for the first time domestic violent extremism as a “National Priority Area” within its Homeland Security Grant Program , resulting in at least $77 million being spent on preventing, preparing for, protecting against and responding to related threats.
Nonprofit Security Grant Program. In 2022, NSGP provided more than $250 million in funding to support target hardening and other physical security enhancements to non-profit organizations at high risk of terrorist attack.
In focus and on guard. DHS remains focused on disinformation that threatens the security of the American people, including disinformation spread by foreign states such as Russia, China, and Iran or other adversaries such as transnational criminal organizations and human smuggling organizations.
SchoolSafety.gov consolidates school safety-related resources from across the government. Through this website, the K-12 academic community can also connect with school safety officials and develop school safety plans.
The NTAS Bulletin will expire on Nov. 30. It provides public information about the threat landscape facing the United States, how to stay safe, and resources and tools to help prevent a person’s radicalization to violence. The public should report any suspicious activity or threats of violence to local law enforcement, FBI Field Offices or a local Fusion Center.