Baseline Capabilities for State and Major Urban Area Fusion Centers: A Supplement to the 'Fusion Center Guidelines'   [open pdf - 3MB]

"This document identifies the baseline capabilities for fusion centers and the operational standards necessary to achieve each of the capabilities. It is an addendum to the U.S. Department of Justice's (DOJ) Global Justice Information Sharing Initiative's (Global) 'Fusion Center Guidelines', which provide guidance to ensure that fusion centers are established and operated consistently across the country. Using the 'Fusion Center Guidelines', as well as identified best practices, federal, state, and local officials identified the capabilities and standards necessary for a fusion center to be considered capable of performing basic functions. By achieving this baseline level of capability, a fusion center will have the necessary structures, processes, and tools in place to support the gathering, processing, analysis, and dissemination of terrorism, homeland security, and law enforcement information. This baseline level of capability will support specific operational capabilities, such as Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR); Alerts, Warnings, and Notifications; Risk Assessments; and Situational Awareness Reporting. The development of baseline operational standards is called for in the 'National Strategy for Information Sharing' (Strategy) and is a key step to reaching one of the Strategy's goals: 'Establishing a National Integrated Network of State and Major Urban Area Fusion Centers.' Defining these operational standards allows federal, state, local, and tribal officials to identify and plan for the resources needed--to include financial, technical assistance, and human support--to achieve the Strategy's goal."

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