Since the 9/11 attacks, the number of regional, state, and local intelligence fusion centers has grown substantially. As of March 2008, there are over 50 of these centers nationwide. While their organizational structures and procedures vary, their purpose is the same. All exist to improve their jurisdictions’ – and the nation’s – capability to detect terrorist plans to attack the U.S. homeland. Beyond the 16 agencies generally included in the intelligence community, there are several other agencies that have the potential to make important contributions to the intelligence fusion process for homeland security. This module identifies the regional, state, and local intelligence fusion centers that are essential for achieving all-source intelligence fusion for homeland security, and describes the education, analysis, management, and improvement needed for success.
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