Fusion Centers

Inteligence Fusion Centers

October 9, 2009

Most people aren't aware of Fusion Centers, but the people who are, are wondering what they are and what they do! Are they part of the local, state, federal government, military? Do they collect information on militias, illegal aliens, big businesses who are doing illegal things, you, me? And who pays for them, communities, state, federal government, military? Are they privately owned? A lot of questions, but not many answers in the public media.

Command Center

  • Part of domestic surveillance system that incorporates private contractors, federal government, military, and local law enforcement
  • Originally organized by the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice
  • Provide federal authorities with access to local databases and legally protected information concerning law-abiding citizens
  • Often function with military liaisons and integrate with National Guard
  • Often at undisclosed locations listing only post office boxes as physical addresses
  • As of July 2009, approximately 72 fusion centers exist nationwide

The map data is believed to be current as of December 2010.

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“Fusion center” is a generic term for entities which are designed to integrate federal intelligence efforts with the state and local authorities.  As of July 2009, there are 72 fusion centers around the country and one in nearly every state. These entities work under the auspices of local law enforcement, often integrating with the state’s police force, Department of Justice, or Office of Emergency Management.  The fusion center integrates law enforcement intelligence activities throughout the jurisdiction, providing federal authorities access to local information and databases, while simultaneously allowing federal agencies to disseminate intelligence materials to local authorities.   There are often federal representatives present in local fusion centers, either from civilian or military sources.  The Department of Homeland Security lists 36 active field representatives as of July 2009 and a number of fusion centers are integrated with their state’s National Guard through “liaison officers”.

This combination of collection and dissemination creates a unique situation where larger federal agencies are able to simultaneously influence local law enforcement activities while gaining access to substantial amounts of private information on American citizens.  An article from Time magazine in early 2009 notes that:

“New Mexico’s All Source Intelligence Center, housed in an old National Guard building, has access to 240 state, regional and federal agencies and their databases, including agricultural and parks agencies, according to Peter Simonson, executive director of the state’s ACLU chapter. Establishing what kinds of information is being processed by fusion centers can be difficult, Simonson says, since they do not store the records, or even collect them, but simply mine them through digital gateways. Records are accessed, not retained as they would be in specific case or investigative files. Simonson says the New Mexico chapter of the ACLU has filed several open records requests seeking to find out what kind of information is being reviewed, but has been stymied by the lack of a “material product.”

The article also lists current Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano as being instrumental in the formation of one of the first state fusion centers.  The American Civil Liberties Union has published several reports which are highly critical of fusion centers, equating their operations with the formation of a domestic spy force.  One of their reports states that:

If the federal government announced it was creating a new domestic intelligence agency made up of over 800,000 operatives dispersed throughout every American city and town, filing reports on even the most common everyday behaviors, Americans would revolt. Yet this is exactly what the Bush administration is trying to do with its little-noticed National Strategy for Information Sharing, which establishes state, local and regional “fusion centers” as a primary mechanism for the collection and dissemination of domestic intelligence.

The report goes on to note that a 2008 Los Angeles Police Department order required officers to collect information on the seemingly mundane, everyday behaviors of American citizen. “LAPD Special Order #11, dated March 5, 2008, states that it is the policy of the LAPD to ‘gather, record, and analyze information of a criminal or non-criminal nature, that could indicate activity or intentions related to either foreign or domestic terrorism,’ and includes a list of 65 behaviors LAPD officers ‘shall’ report.”  Some of the suspicious behaviors include taking notes, drawing diagrams and using binoculars.

Other fusion centers are listed in the report as having massive amounts of data on ordinary law-abiding citizens.  The report states that:

“In addition to access to FBI and even CIA records, fusion centers often have subscriptions with private data brokers such as Accurint, ChoicePoint, Lexis-Nexus, and LocatePlus, a database containing cellphone numbers and unpublished telephone records. According to the article, fusion centers have access to millions of “suspicious activity reports” sent to the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, as well as hundreds of thousands of identity theft reports kept by the Federal Trade Commission.”

“Pennsylvania buys credit reports and uses face-recognition software to examine driver’s license photos, while analysts in Rhode Island have access to car-rental databases. In Maryland, authorities rely on a little-known data broker called Entersect, which claims it maintains 12 billion records about 98 percent of Americans …  Massachusetts … taps a private system called ClaimSearch that includes a “nationwide database that provides information on insurance claims, including vehicles, casualty claims and property claims.”

There have also been a number of incidents involving fusion centers infiltrating protest groups.  One example of this is the Washington Joint Analytical Center’s infiltration of the Olympia Port Militarization Resistance, an antiwar group.  John J. Towery, a Fort Lewis civilian contractor who worked for the Army’s Fort Lewis Force Protection Unit, posed as an anarchist and was fed information on the group by the WJAC.  A document released March 5, 2009 by Wikileaks.org demonstrates that Army Fusion Cells, which are organized by Force Protection Units, are part of a domestic police intelligence operation which is designed to work with local law enforcement to, among other things, “identify and prevent disruptive actions by private protestors”.

The National Intelligence Strategy of 2009 argues for increasing this policy information sharing and eliminating the barriers between classified military intelligence and civilian law enforcement.  In September 2009, Federal Computer Week reported that the Department of Defense will begin sharing some classified information with local law enforcement.

Locations and Contact Information

The following list is believed to be accurate at this time.  



Criminal Information Center
301 South Ripley Street
Montgomery, Alabama 36104

PO Box 1511 Montgomery, AL 36102-1511

-Component of Alabama Bureau of Investigation


Alaska State Troopers Statewide Law Enforcement Information Center
101 E. 6th Ave.
Anchorage, Alaska, 99501
(907) 276-4441

-Located at FBI Alaska HQ: Anchorage Division Office


Arizona Counter Terrorism Information Center (ACTIC)
Arizona Department of Public Safety
Post Office Box 6638
Phoenix, AZ 85005

-Engaged with power, water companies, chemical sector, transportation such as trucking and rail transport.  Contact point for local Infraguard chapter. Works with Arizona Division of Emergency Management (ADEM) which has developed relationship with the private sector, through the creation of the Arizona Emergency Response Commission (AZSERC), which has involved over 100 participants representing all 23 identified sectors, including over 70 companies.


State Terrorism Threat Assessment Center (STTAC)

California National Guard JFHQ
P.O. Box 269101
Sacramento, CA 95826-9101

-This address is listed for military liaison officers working with STTAC.

Anti-Terrorism Information Center
Attorney General’s Office California Department of Justice
Attn: Public Inquiry Unit
P.O. Box 944255 Sacramento, CA 94244-2550
(916) 322-3360 or (Toll-free in CA) (800) 952-5225

-Component of the California Department of Justice. Staffed with analysts from FBI, local and state law enforcement.

Northern CA Regional Terrorism Threat Assessment Center (RTTAC)
P.O. Box 36102
San Francisco, CA 94102
(866) 367-8847

-TITAN website allows access by private sector, etc. to receive intelligence bulletins; security and safety information

Regional Terrorism Threat Assessment Centers (RTTAC)

Sacramento Regional Terrorism Threat Assessment Center
(888) 884-8383

-Integrates with FBI JTTF and serves as contact point for Sacramento Infragard

San Francisco Regional Terrorism Threat Assessment Center
(866) 367-8847

Joint Regional Intelligence Center (JRIC) (Los Angeles)
12440 East Imperial Highway
Norwalk, CA 90650

San Diego Regional Terrorism Threat Assessment Center
(858) 495-5730

Los Angeles Regional Terrorism Threat Assessment Center
(562) 345-1100


Colorado Information Analysis Center
9195 E. Mineral Ave
Centennial, CO 80112



Connecticut Intelligence Center (CTIC)
25 Sigourney Street, 6th Floor
Hartford,CT 06106-5042
(203) 777-6311



Delaware Information Analysis Center (DIAC)
Department of Safety and Homeland Security Office of the Secretary
303 Transportation Circle Dover , DE 19903
P.O. Box 818
Dover , DE 19903
(302) 744-2680

-DIAC staffed with 4 full-time Delaware State Police Criminal Intelligence Analysts and 2 analysts provided through DE National Guard.

District of Columbia

Multiple Threat Alert Center (MTAC)
Naval Criminal Investigative Service Headquarters
716 Sicard St, SE Ste 2000
Washington Navy Yard, DC 20388-5380
(202) 433-3858

-Component of Naval Criminal Investigative Service. Engages private entities that are involved with Navy critical infrastructure, such as contractors that would be managing research facilities, waste handling, power plants, etc. several thousand facilities under their purview, mostly notifications on what potential threats are, how to protect from such a threat; provides them with information that would be provided to military about threats, etc., as required by law.

Foreign Terrorist Tracking Task Force
935 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20535
(703) 553-7991

-Component of the Federal Bureau of Investigation


Florida Fusion Center (formerly Counter Terrorism Intelligence Center)

Post Office Box 1489
Tallahassee, FL 32302
(850) 410-7060

-Component of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement)Does not have any sort of database/storage/data collection procedure independent of the Office of Statewide intelligence, which the center is a part of current data collection procedure/storage must involve a defined criminal predicate.


Georgia Information Sharing and Analysis Center (GISAC)
P.O. Box 29649
Atlanta, Georgia 30359
(404) 486 6420

-Coordinating operations with the Atlanta FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force


Statewide Terrorism & Intelligence Center
2100 S. Dirksen Parkway
Springfield, IL 62703
(217) 782-7938


Indiana Intelligence Fusion Center
Indiana Government Center South
302 West Washington Street, Room E243
Indianapolis, IN 46204


Iowa Intelligence Fusion Center
Region 5 Fusion Center, located in Des Moines Police Dept

Wallace State Office Building
Des Moines, IA 50319
25 East First Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50309
(515) 242-6124


Kansas Threat Integration Center
2800 Topeka Boulevard
Room 13
Topeka, KS 66611
(785) 274-1822

-Component of Kansas State Bureau of Investigation


Kentucky Intelligence Fusion Center
Kentucky Office of Homeland Security
200 Mero Street
Frankfort, KY 40622
(502) 564-2081



Louisiana State Analytical & Fusion Exchange (LA-SAFE)
(Part of LA state police)

7919 Independence Blvd.
Baton Rouge, LA 70806



Maine Intelligence Analysis Center
Maine Information and Analysis Center
45 Commerce Dr. Suite 1
Augusta, Maine 04333



Maryland Coordination and Analysis Center
Ste 130, 7125 Ambassador Rd
Woodlawn, MD 21244, 443-436-8800.

-Component of MD state police and Antiterorrism Advisory Council of MD. Private sector working group at center; 15 reps from private sector groups to work on how to structure relationship between center and private entities; Finance and transportation sectors have been strong in getting and sharing info. Transportation partners include Amtrak, CSX, some airlines, metro, light rail. U.S. Army involved in force protection that stands watch; not involved in analysis of data


Commonwealth Fusion Center
124 Acton Street, 2d Floor
Maynard, MA 01754
Phone: 978-451-3700
Fax: 978-451-3707
Tipline: 888-USA-5458


New England State Police Information Network® (NESPIN) RISS Intelligence Center (Region includes: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont)
124 Grove Street, Suite 105
Franklin, MA 02038

RISS Number:
(508) 528-8200


Minnesota Joint Analytical Center
Minnesota Department of Public Safety Central Office, Town Square Building
444 Cedar Street
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55101
(612) 341-7002

-Formerly under the direction of MN Division of Homeland Security Emergency Management, now under State Police.  Relationships with the private sector: critical infrastructure representative at fusion center; partnerships with utilities companies, security (corporate, hospitals, universities including University of Minnesota and University of Minnesota-Duluth, as well as some of the larger private colleges).


Montana All-Threat Intelligence Center (MATIC)
Division of Criminal Investigation Department of Justice
2225 11th Avenue
P.O. Box 201417
Helena, MT 59620-1417
(406) 444-3874

-Component of the Montana Department of Justice, Division of Criminal Investigation

New Hampshire

NH Department of Safety Homeland Security and Emergency Management
Incident Management Center
110 Smokey Bear Blvd
Concord, NH 03301

33 Hazen Drive
Concord, NH 03305
Local (603) 271-2231
Toll free (800) 852-3792

-Director of Homeland Security and Emergency Management is the State’s primary contact with the federal Department of Homeland Security and counterparts in other states. Federal involvement in NH Department unknown.

New Jersey

Regional Operations and Intelligence Center (ROIC)
New Jersey State Police
P.O. Box 7068
West Trenton, NJ 08628

-Under the New Jersey State Police.  Analysts include state police employees, traditional police analysts, folks from govt (ATF, FBI, coast guard) and analysts from NJ Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness

New Mexico

New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management’s All Source Intelligence Center (ASIC)
13 Bataan Blvd.
Santa Fe, NM 87504

New York

Upstate New York Regional Intelligence Center (UNYRIC)
630 Columbia St
Latham, NY 12110
(866) 486-9743

-(Component of the NY State Police)

Rockland County Intelligence Center (RCIC)
Post Office Box 295
New City, NY 10956
(877) 724-6835

-Component of the Rockland County Sheriff’s Office

New York City Police Department Intelligence Division (NYPD INTEL)
NYPD switchboard: 646-610-5000

North Carolina

North Carolina Regional Analysis Center
3320 Garner Road
Raleigh, NC 27601
(800) 334-3000

North Dakota

North Dakota Homeland Security Fusion Center
PO Box 5511
Bismarck, ND 58506

-Component of the North Dakota Bureau of Investigations.


Strategic Analysis and Information Center
1970 West Broad Street
Columbus, Ohio 43223
(614) 466-6178


Terrorism Fusion Center (TITAN)
610 Hawthorne Avenue, SE
Suite 210
Salem, OR 97301
(800) 442-6248

-Component of the Oregon State Police and the Oregon Department of Justice.


Pennsylvania Criminal Intelligence Center (PaCIC)
1800 Elmerton Avenue
Harrisburg, PA 17110
(717) 772-4140

-Component of the Pennsylvania State Police.

Middle Atlantic-Great Lakes Organized Crime Law Enforcement Network® (MAGLOCLEN) RISS Intelligence Center
140 Terry Drive, Suite 100
Newtown, PA 18490
(215) 504-4910

-Region includes: Delaware, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and the District of Columbia.

Rhode Island

Rhode Island State Fusion Center
311 Danielson Pike
North Scituate, RI 02857
(401) 444-1026

-Within Rhode Island State Police

South Carolina

South Carolina Fusion Center
PO Box 21398
Columbia, SC 29210
(803) 896-7008

-Component of the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division.

South Dakota

South Dakota Fusion Center
118 West Capitol Avenue
Pierre, SD 57501

-Within South Dakota Department of Homeland Security.



Tennessee Regional Information Center
Tennessee Bureau of Investigations
901 R.S. Gass Boulevard
Nashville, Tennessee 37216


Texas Intelligence Center
Texas Department of Public Safety Criminal Intelligence Service
Texas Intelligence Center
P.O. Box 4087
Austin, Texas 78773-0425
(512) 424-7981

- All hazards system that can be accessed remotely, contains public health, emergency response and law enforcement portals. Servers located at Center; system links together local databases, such as records management system from local law enforcement agencies.

North Central Texas Fusion System



Utah Criminal Intelligence Center
Department of Public Safety, Division of Homeland Security
Post Office Box 140200
Salt Lake City, UT 84114-0200
(801) 579-4413


Virgina Fusion Center
Post Office Box 27472
Richmond, VA 23261
(804) 674-2000


Vermont Fusion Center
The Vermont Fusion Center Law Enforcement Support Center
Williston, Vermont 05495


Washington Joint Analytical Center (WAJAC)
P.O. Box 42600
Olympia, WA 98504-2600
(360) 753-6540

-Works with private sector to report suspicious activity. Includes utilities and Microsoft. In negotiations to have Boeing provide an analyst for the center; working on issues and threat assessments relating to critical infrastructure and also act as a liaison reflecting the needs of business community with regards to homeland security issues.

West Virginia

West Virginia Joint Intelligence Fusion Center (WVJIFC)
1900 Kanawha Blvd., East
Bldg 1, Rm W-400
Charleston, WV 25305
Phone: (304) 558-4831
Toll Free: 1-866-WVWATCH
Fax: (304) 558-6592


-Component of West Virginia Dept of Military Affairs and Public Safety


Wisconsin Statewide Information Center
Post Office Box 7857
Madison, WI 53707-7857

DoD Announces New Information-Sharing Access to Help Fusion Centers Combat Terrorism

The Departments of Defense (DoD) and Homeland Security (DHS) today announced an initiative to grant select state and major urban area fusion center personnel access to classified terrorism-related information residing in DoD’s classified network.

Under this initiative, select fusion center personnel with a federal security clearance will be able to access specific terrorism-related information resident on the DoD Secret Internet Protocol Router Network (SIPRNet)—a secure network used to send classified data. This classified data will be accessed via DHS’ Homeland Security Data Network (HSDN). DHS will be responsible for ensuring that proper security procedures are followed.

“With this action, DoD continues its work in supporting states and localities who are leading our efforts to secure the nation from domestic terrorism attacks, said Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense and Americas’ Security Affairs Paul N. Stockton. “We look forward to exploring other opportunities where DoD can help our state and local partners effectively defeat terrorism.”

“This initiative reflects the federal government’s strong commitment to improve information sharing with our state, local, and tribal partners,” said DHS Acting Under Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis Bart R. Johnson. “Fusion centers are a critical part of our national security enterprise, and this new tool enables federal agencies to share information with these partners while utilizing our advanced technical capabilities for secure information sharing.”

This joint initiative will promote collaboration between DHS, DoD and other federal departments and agencies, enabling the trusted and secure exchange of terrorism-related information in order to detect, deter, prevent and respond to homeland security threats.

State and major urban area fusion centers provide critical links for information sharing between and across all levels of government, and help fulfill key recommendations of the 9/11 Commission. This initiative will serve as a valuable resource to enhance situational awaeness and support more timely and complete analysis of national security threats.

Increasing the breadth of law enforcement that have access to terrorism-related data will further improve the ability of fusion centers to prevent, detect, deter, and respond to terrorist attacks, and advance the combined missions of DHS and DoD to protect the nation’s security.

DHS and DoD remain committed to protecting privacy and civil liberties as well as data and networks in an increasingly vulnerable cyber environment.

04.11.2011. 11:05

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