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NBC - The announcements you hear in the airport with a color-coded alert level are going away.

The color-coded system was born after 9/11, and while it was frequently changing for a while, the alert level hasn't budged in the past four and a half years.

Over the next three months we'll see a new simpler and more specific system.

Unlike the current system new alerts will have no colors, just two terror threat levels: "Elevated" and "Imminent."

"When a threat develops - that can impact you, the public, we will tell you," says Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano. "We will provide whatever info we can so you know how to protect yourselves."

The secretary says we're more secure than two years ago, with a lot more knowledge after foiled plots like the underwear, cargo, and Time Square bombs.

Their focus is now spreading to include home grown threats and the "See Something - Say Something" campaign, looking for help from everyone.

"What I am really focused on are behaviors, tactics, techniques -- developments that indicate somebody is plotting or attempting to plot and carry out a violent attack," says Secretary Napolitano.

The secretary also rolled out a global project aimed at preventing the theft of so called- precursor chemicals that could be used to make biological or chemical weapons.


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