Strengthening the Value of the National Network of Fusion Centers by Leveraging Specialization: Defining "Centers of Analytical Excellence"

Abold, Justin Lewis; Guidetti, Ray; Keyer, Doug
February 2012
Homeland Security Affairs;2012, Vol. 8 Issue 1, p2
Academic Journal
This article reports on the main findings of a project sponsored by the National Fusion Center Association to more precisely define the term "Centers of Analytic Excellence." Secretary Janet Napolitano, Department of Homeland Security previously used this term to focus public attention on the analytical component of the fusion process. Drawing upon the input of a select group of federal, state, and local intelligence expert professionals through the application of the Delphi Method, the article proposes the (re) definition of the term "Centers of Analytical Excellence" to mean a validation of a fusion center's demonstrated excellence in a particular subject area of analytical methodology. This is a significant departure from the sense in which this term has been used previously and provides a next state for individual fusion centers that aspire to share their analytic competencies across a national network. This article also discusses a number of additional perspectives regarding the state of analysis in fusion centers as raised by the experts consulted in the project


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