State and Local Fusion Centers: Key Challenges for the Next Decade

State and local fusion centers were established in the years after the attacks of September 11th as a bottom-up response to the need for enhanced state and local connectivity to U.S. federal homeland security and counterterrorism activities. Over the past decade, nearly every state and many major urban areas have established a network of 78 fusion centers, which serve as key nodes for federal, state and local coordination on homeland security and terrorism activities.. Fusion centers also address many critical local and regional public safety issues.

The Homeland Security Policy Institute hosted a policy forum to discuss the roles played by state and local fusion centers, examine the challenges that they face, and look ahead to priorities for the future.

The conference featured keynote remarks by The Honorable Michael T. McCaul, Chairman, House Committee on Homeland Security, who recently released (along with former Committee Chairman Peter King) a staff report that examined the issue of state and local fusion centers.

The event also featured a panel that included key federal, state and local participants.


John Cohen, Principal Deputy Under Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Thomas Kirk, Director, West Virginia Intelligence Fusion Center
Ross Ashley, Executive Director, National Fusion Center Association

Moderated By:
Christian Beckner, Deputy Director, HSPI

Keynote Remarks:
The Honorable Michael T. McCaul, Chairman, Committee on Homeland Security, U.S. House of Representatives

Moderated By:
Frank Cilluffo, Director, HSPI