Joint written testimony by Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Intelligence and Analysis (I&A) Under Secretary for the State and Local Programs Office and the Assistant Secretary for State and Local Law Enforcement recently outlined progress made in information and intelligence sharing initiatives undertaken since 9/11.
For the past three years, DHS has made establishing domestic information sharing capabilities a top priority. DHS has collaborated with the Department of Justice, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the National Counterterrorism Center, and other state, local, tribal and territorial (SLTT) partners on four key goals: to improve production and dissemination of classified and unclassified information regarding threats to the Homeland; to establish grassroots analytic capabilities through the development of a national network of state and major urban area fusion centers; to standardize training of SLTT law enforcement to recognize terrorism related criminal activity; and to increase community awareness and encourage the public to report suspicious activity.
Other DHS information sharing initiatives include outreach to elected and appointed officials, homeland security advisors, and SLTT law enforcement entities. The DHS Office of Intergovernmental Affairs leads interaction with elected and appointed officials, and works closely with I&A and the Office of State and Local Law Enforcement to ensure the officials are kept aware of threat information.
These examples of interagency collaboration are evidence of DHS’ goal to ensure State Department leadership is a part of the homeland security enterprise.
For more information about the DHS testimony, please follow the link below.
Joint written testimony for House Committee on Homeland Security, Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence hearing titled “Federal Government Intelligence Sharing with State, Local, and Tribal Law Enforcement: An Assessment 10 Years After 9/11,” Department of Homeland Security