In March 2004, Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge announced the launching of a new counter-terrorism computer system. Federal, state and local law enforcement agencies will be able to share threat reports instantaneously. The network is designed to prevent terrorist attacks and to give local officials more immediate access to federal intelligence.
The first installation of this new system was located in the Joint Operations Command Center at Washington's police headquarters. Mayor Anthony A. Williams explored the new network with officials from New York City and California, who developed the system with the Defense Intelligence Agency.
When completed the network will use instant messaging, e-mail and live chat service for 5,000 authorized users. The system will provide photos, maps and videos to governors, state homeland security advisers, commanding officers for each state's National Guard, state and urban police departments and emergency centers.