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Fusion Centers could be the critical ingredient to maximizing and melding intelligence collected at the state and local levels into the federal homeland security enterprise, the Commanding Officer of the
The FCLP brings together leaders from the national network of fusion centers to discuss topics such as strategy, policy and organizational design, covering intelligence analysis, leadership, production and dissemination of information. Modules are taught by experts in their fields and aimed at real-world issues fusion centers face.
"The SD-LECC is in the process of revising its SAR process, and the module on Intelligence Analysis with a focus on Suspicious Activity Reporting hit the mark," Ray said. "This module provided the framework for implementing a SAR process with a vetting structure to support quality control. Our analysts have met with the facilitator of this module, and we are currently working on integrating the process into the SD-LECC's operation."
Downing offered FCLP students his insight into intelligence collection in the
"How do we take advantage of de-centralized law enforcement structure and decentralized fusion center structure to complement domestic criminal intelligence efforts?" said Downing. "I think fusion centers are perfectly positioned to leverage the decentralized law enforcement structure and be the legitimate platform that can ultimately feed the federal information-sharing environment with needed criminal intelligence based on fact."
Fusion Centers provide authoritative, street-level intelligence and have positive reputations for building alliances with peer agencies, he added. For intelligence collectors, providing relevant information begins with a periodic threat domain assessment and then forming collection plans tailored to those priorities.
"The emphasis this FCLP 1401 cohort placed on Collection is an example of how serious our fusion center leaders are about understanding and implementing the intelligence process," said
Gauging threats in
"We have diaspora in our area with families living in countries that are becoming failed states," Downing said. "What happens in
Downing shared a 2011 priority list outlining the
Local intelligence collection is key to filling the missing pieces. The LAPD has adapted an approach used in its fight against the city's infamous gangs, using a community policing approach that mixes law enforcement and community outreach to communities that may feel oppressed and more likely to resort to some form of extremism.
"We're trying to engage our people to be collectors of intelligence with an eye toward dismantling terrorist groups or operations," Downing said. "We combine ideas of community policing and synthesize with the principles of counter-insurgency. You can't win this fighting in the street."
The depth and breadth of intelligence gathering of the
His experience in completing the CHDS Executive Leaders Program has been invaluable, he said, as has teaching at the Center.
"The ELP gives you the framework to think outside your discipline," he said. "It creates a network that I've often used the past four years since I completed the program. When I teach this FCLP class, I always leave with more than I came with. The reputation of CHDS is worldwide. The stature it has brings legitimacy. It helps keep us engaged."
FCLP is sponsored by the
"The FCLP reinforced what we all so tragically learned from 9/11 and from terrorist plots since,"
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