Testimony of Principal Deputy UnderSecretary for Intelligence and Analysis Jack Tomarchio Before the Senate Committee onHomeland Security and GovernmentalAffairs Ad Hoc Subcommittee on State, Localand Private Sector Preparedness andIntegration, "Focus on Fusion Centers: AProgress Report"
Release Date: April 17, 2008
The Department of Homeland Security is working closely with our federal, state, andlocal colleagues to implement the President’s National Information Sharing Strategy,a key element of which are state and major urban area fusion centers.Many of you will remember how we struggled two and half years ago to get the firstofficer deployed to Los Angeles. That officer and his 22 counterparts now havebecome the
for the way the federal government shares informationand intelligence with its state, local and tribal partners – These talented men and women are using their varied experiences and skills asintelligence professionals
to provide their other federal, state, local, andtribal partners with the information they need to keep
America safe – andconnected. Those very
same skills allow them to cull the best of what thefusion centers are collecting and analyzing
and ensure that this informationgets to the appropriate people
This level of information sharing has never occurred before,
Homeland Security Data Network (HSDN
) is now deployed in 19 fusioncenters.
enables access to the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) On-line, a classified portal that maintains the most current terrorism-related informationat the Secret level.HSDN also provides the fusion centers – and through them the states – with awindow into the national intelligence community that they can use for their owninformation needs.