NCTC Releases 2009 Counterterrorism Calendar

NCTC Releases 2009 Counterterrorism Calendar

2009 Calendar Highlights:
Contains more counterterrorism information than any previous edition
Online multimedia version includes new interactive map feature
The National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) today announced the release of its 2009 counterterrorism calendar. The calendar, popular with a broad spectrum of federal, state, and local first responders; homeland security professionals; policy makers; and counterterrorism experts, is now available via NCTC’s website at as both a downloadable PDF and a multimedia website.

NCTC has published a “daily planner” print version of its counterterrorism calendar since 2005. This year’s print calendar contains 160 pages of information on known terrorist groups, individual terrorists, and technical information on topics such as biological and chemical threats and explosives. The 2009 edition contains more counterterrorism information than any previous edition, as well as the most comprehensive index to date, making it easier for law enforcement and first responders to find the information they need about everything from Anthrax to VBEIDs (Vehicle-Borne Improvised Explosive Devices).

The online version of the calendar provides the public with user-friendly access to the same information, with the addition of locator maps, photographs, and lists of helpful links specific to each threat area. Special features of the site include an interactive counterterrorism timeline which allows users to explore key dates, including the anniversaries of terrorism-related incidents dating as far back as 1950, and a new interactive map feature that allows users to mouse-over terrorist group names and see their corresponding location(s).

NCTC spokesperson, Leslie Jewell, said, “A calendar featuring terrorist incidents, bad guys with bounties on their heads, deadly chemical agents, and terrorist organizations may not sound like the typical desk calendar to most Americans, but it’s a prized resource for law enforcement and national security personnel. In addition to profiles on known terrorists and terrorist organizations, the calendar provides invaluable first-responder information on suspicious substances, a variety of biological and chemical threats, and indicators of suspicious financial activity and forged documents. Our multimedia web version of the calendar provides easier, broader access to this information for emergency services providers, government personnel, researchers, and the general public.”

Both versions of the calendar include key U.S. and other national holidays, as well as Christian, Islamic, and Jewish holidays. Each day shows both the Gregorian date and the equivalent Islamic calendar (Hijra) date.

The unclassified counterterrorism calendar originated within the Intelligence Community as a wall calendar during the 1990s, and transformed into a daily planner in 2003. It has been published by NCTC both in print and in an online PDF since 2005. Approximately 40,000 copies of the print version of the 2009 calendar were published this year. The interactive online version went live in the summer of 2007 and has been fully updated for 2009.

NCTC Mission: Lead our nation’s effort to combat terrorism at home and abroad by analyzing the threat, sharing that information with our partners, and integrating all instruments of national power to ensure unity of effort.


Source: NCTC