Terrorist Threat Conditions
A Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff-approved program standardizes the
military services' identification of and recommended responses to terrorist
threats against U.S. personnel and facilities. This program facilitates interservice
coordination and support for antiterrorism activities. Also called THREATCONs.
There are four THREATCONs above normal:
|This condition applies when there is a general threat of possible
terrorist activity against personnel and facilities, the nature and
extent of which are unpredictable, and circumstances do not justify
full implementation of THREATCON BRAVO measures. However, it may be
necessary to implement certain measures from higher THREATCONS resulting
from intelligence received or as a deterrent. The measures in this
THREATCON must be capable of being maintained indefinitely.
||This condition applies when an increased and more predictable threat
of terrorist activity exists. The measures in this THREATCON must
be capable of being maintained for weeks without causing undue hardship,
affecting operational capability, and aggravating relations with local
||This condition applies when an incident occurs or intelligence is
received indicating some form of terrorist action against personnel
and facilities is imminent. Implementation of measures in this THREATCON
for more than a short period probably will create hardship and affect
the peacetime activities of the unit and its personnel.
||This condition applies in the immediate area where a terrorist attack
has occurred or when intelligence has been received that terrorist
action against a specific location or person is likely. Normally,
this THREATCON is declared as a localized condition. See also antiterrorism.