Intelligence and Analysis
Equipping the Homeland Security Enterprise with the intelligence and information needed to keep the Homeland safe, secure, and resilient.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) deploys Intelligence Officers and Protective Security Advisors to support state, local, tribal, territorial, and private sector partners in advancing the homeland security mission. Intelligence officers are embedded in recognized state and major urban area fusion centers to advance the sharing of threat related information among federal, state, local, tribal, territorial, and private sector partners. Protective security advisors 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 intelligence officers and protective security advisors to jointly support DHS partners in ensuring the safety and security of our nation.
Fusion centers are state- and locally owned and operated entities that play a vital role in improving the nation’s ability to safeguard the Homeland. They serve as focal points within the state and local environment for the receipt, analysis, gathering, and sharing of threat-related information among federal, state, local, tribal, territorial (SLTT), and private sector partners and represent an essential element of our distributed homeland security and counterterrorism architecture.
The 2012 National Network of Fusion Centers Final Report summarizes and characterizes the overall capabilities and performance of the National Network.
The Department's Information Sharing Strategy provides strategic direction and guidance for all DHS information sharing efforts.