ISE Mission Partners: State, Local, Territorial and Tribal Governments
State, Local, Territorial and Tribal Governments Overview
The informational needs of State, local, territorial and tribal entities continue to grow as they incorporate counterterrorism and homeland security activities into their day-to-day missions. Specifically, they require access to timely, credible, and actionable information and intelligence about individuals and groups intending to carry out attacks within the United States, their organizations and their financing, potential targets, pre-attack indicators, and major events or circumstances that might influence State, local, territorial and tribal preventive and protective postures. As key participants in the information sharing mission, State, local, territorial and tribal entities are encouraged to undertake the following activities, in appropriate consultation and coordination with federal departments and agencies:
- Foster a culture that recognizes the importance of fusing all-crimes information with national security implications, with other security-related information (e.g., criminal investigations, terrorism, public health and safety, and natural hazard emergency response);
- Support efforts to detect and prevent terrorist attacks by maintaining situational awareness of threats, alerts, and warnings, and develop critical infrastructure protection plans to ensure the security and resilience of infrastructure operations (e.g., electric power, transportation, telecommunications) within a region, State, or locality; and
- Develop training, awareness, and exercise programs to ensure that State, local, territorial and tribal personnel are prepared to deal with terrorist strategies, tactics, capabilities, and intentions, and to test plans for preventing, preparing for, mitigating the effects of, and responding to events.
Authorities at all levels of our federal system must share a common understanding of the information needed to prevent, deter, and respond to terrorist attacks. The common understanding will be achieved through a framework that enables:
- Federal entities to work together to provide information in ways that better meet the needs of State, local, territorial and tribal partners; and
- Information gathered at the State and local level to be processed, analyzed, disseminated, and integrated with information gathered at the federal level.
This integrated approach allows federal agencies to work together to produce and disseminate a federally-validated perspective on available threat information and relies on the efforts of the fusion environments at the State and regional levels. These goals are accomplished through:
- The establishment of an Integrated National Network of State and Major Urban Area Fusion Centers.
- The Interagency Threat Assessment and Coordination Group within the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) facilitates the production of federally-coordinated terrorism information products intended for dissemination to State, local, territorial, ribal, and private sector partners.
- The Nationwide SAR Initiative.
- International Associations of Chiefs of Police
- Major Cities Chiefs Association
- Major County Sheriffs’ Association
- National Fusion Center Association
- National Sheriffs’ Association
- National Native American Law Enforcement Association
- American Probation and Parole Association (APPA)
- Regional Information Sharing Systems (RISS)
- Information Sharing and Analysis Centers Council
- National Governors Association
- U.S. Conference of Mayors / Homeland Security Taskforce
- National Conference of State Legislatures
- National Association of Counties
- International Association of Fire Chiefs
- Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center