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Centers serve as the Department’s center of gravity for intelligence-driven integration of analysis, technology, skills, and functions to counter the most critical threats facing the Homeland today.

Each Center is tasked with a topical mission goal focused on mitigating enduring threats to the homeland. Centers collect information to address DHS and national intelligence priorities and provide available reporting gathered by our components and state, local, tribal, and territorial (SLTT) partners to the Intelligence Community (IC) and other customers. Many of our Mission Centers utilize the Homeland Security Information Network (HSIN) to share sensitive, but unclassified information. This network is used to manage operations, analyze data, send alerts and share the information that is necessary to ensure our homeland is safe, secure, and resilient.


  • Provide customers timely, relevant and actionable intelligence for operational and policy level decision making.
  • Bring IC capabilities and intelligence to the DHS Homeland Security Enterprise.
  • Mitigate the dynamic and sophisticated adversaries that threaten our homeland.
  • Leverage DHS-unique data, fused with IC data for DHS mission use.
  • Integrate intelligence across DHS and the IC.
  • Develop collection platforms and requirements needs across DHS.
  • Provide key intelligence support to state, local, tribal, territorial and private sector partners.

The Counterterrorism Center (CTC) synthesizes and integrates counterterrorism intelligence to enable a unified departmental approach to protecting the Homeland from terrorism. We serve as the focal point for collaboration throughout the DHS Intelligence Enterprise by coordinating with our state, local, tribal, and territorial (SLTT), international, private sector and Intelligence Community (IC) partners. CTC produces all-source finished intelligence at the lowest classification possible to provide the counterterrorism decision advantage to the Secretary, the Department and our partners. CTC also refines counterterrorism intelligence questions from customers, identify and manage comprehensive collection requirements and gaps and advocate for counterterrorism intelligence issues and equities across the interagency and the IC.

The Cyber Intelligence Center (CIC) provides the Department cyber threat analysis. CIC delivers finished intelligence to enable the Department’s mission of ensuring cybersecurity and resilience of the federal government, our state, local, tribal, and territorial partners and critical infrastructure networks. We work to expand this capability while also evolving the DHS Intelligence Enterprise (IE) cyber program through closer integration across intelligence networks.

The Nation-State Threat Center (NST) provides intelligence to drive decisions and define the Department’s intelligence equities in the nation-state threat space. NST intelligence informs foreign engagement, policy discussions, and other economic security decisions for federal, state, local, tribal, territorial, and private-sector partners. NST also regularly interface with the Department of Treasury, Department of Commerce, the U.S. Trade Representative, DHS Components, and our partners in the Intelligence Community (IC).

The Transborder Security Center (TBS) integrates intelligence to counter transnational organized crime (TOC) networks and facilitators. TBS focuses primarily on major drug smuggling organizations, transnational gangs, human smuggling, weapon trafficking, child exploitation, illicit trade and the movement of illicit proceeds on behalf of these criminal enterprises. TBS also assesses TOC exploitation outside of the U.S. and provides analysis to support engagements with foreign partners.

Last Updated: 07/19/2023
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