Fusion Centers: Have They Found Their Sweet Spot?

Fusion Centers: Have They Found Their Sweet Spot?

Fusion centers are key mission partners of ISE, and their important work was recently featured in Government Technology. In an era of budget cuts and decreased federal sepnding, fusion centers remain an integral peice of the homeland security puzzle:

If a governor is looking for money to free up, you can close your fusion center and take that money and use it for some other public-safety endeavor,” Nelson said. “But that’s not what we’re seeing in the data. What we’re seeing is people are investing in the fusion centers.

 

Statistics from the 2013 National Network of Fusion Centers Final Report support Nelson’s claim. Direct federal expenditures on fusion centers decreased by 10 percent from 2012 to 2013. By comparison, states spent 3.6 percent more to finance fusion centers in 2013, while local government spending on them were up 2.1 percent.

 

Fusion centers combine data from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), other federal offices, state and local government, and private-sector sources on a variety of topics, including cybersecurity and terrorism activity. Analysts synthesize that information and send any intelligence derived from it back to the DHS and other law enforcement agencies.

The articles goes on to quote from the 2014 ISE Annual Report to the Congress. The author notes that "[t]he Information Sharing Environment (ISE), a federal government office, released a statistic from its annual performance review of information sharing among federal agencies that showed satisfaction with the recent performance of fusion centers."

 

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