The Threat Meter is a higly-scientific measure of chaos and destruction over time. A higher threat level accelerates the speed at which Security points are granted and also causes units to gain veterancy faster.
Security point counter
Next to the Threat Meter is circle-counter, with a number in the middle that shows the number of Security points a player has. Once the circle-counter is filled, a security point is granted. The Top Secret Protocols menu can be accessed through the central button.