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Deployed Intelligence Officers and Protective Security Advisors

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) deploys Intelligence Officers (IOs) and Protective Security Advisors (PSAs) to support state, local, tribal, territorial (SLTT), and private sector partners in advancing the homeland security mission. IOs are embedded in recognized state and major urban area fusion centers (fusion centers) to advance the sharing of threat related information among federal, SLTT, and private sector partners. PSAs engage these partners as regional critical infrastructure security and resilience specialists, providing local perspective to—and supporting the development of—the national risk picture by identifying, assessing, monitoring, and minimizing risk to critical infrastructure at the regional, state, and local levels. Their distinct yet complementary roles enable IOs and PSAs to jointly support DHS partners in ensuring the safety and security of our nation.

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