Way Forward with Fusion Centers: Challenges and Strategies for Change, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Intelligence, Information Sharing, and Terrorism Risk Management of the Committee on Homeland Security, House of Representatives, One Hundred Tenth Congress, First Session, September 27, 2007 [open pdf - 393KB]
From the opening statement of Jane Harman: "We are meeting today to receive testimony on the way forward with fusion centers, challenges and strategies for change. More than 6 years after 9/11, our nation has seen a revolution in information sharing, perhaps most dramatically at the state and local levels, with the creation of some 42 intelligence fusion centers. [...] These centers, staffed by police and sheriff's officers, public health authorities, private sector representatives and others, are an effective ground-up response to the need for more and better information about terrorist threats so communities can prepare and prevent rather than waiting for the federal government to arrive and save the day after 9/11. [...] While fusion centers have great potential, we acknowledge that they are not without challenges, and that is why we are here today." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Jane Harman, David G. Reichert, Christopher P. Carney, Charles W. Dent, Norman D. Dicks, James R. Langevin, Ed Perlmutter, Eileen Larence, Todd Masse, John Rollins, Norman Beasley, Michael Mines, and Jack Tomarchio.
Serial No. 110-73
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