Counterterrorism Intelligence: Fusion Center Perspectives

September 01, 2011

"In the United States local law enforcement is not the only line of defense against terrorism, but given its ability to detect threats within our communities and its first responder function — it is often both the first and last line. Yet the ability of American officials to effectively support those on the front line is an open question. Among the police intelligence commanders for the fifty-­‐six largest cities in the United States, there is a consensus that the US lacks an adequate understanding of the intelligence enterprise as it relates to counterterrorism. As a result, intelligence capabilities are lacking, collection is haphazard, resources are underutilized, and the US has a limited ability to develop anticipatory knowledge concerning future attacks, mitigate risks, or respond to emerging threats."

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