State Fusion Centers: Their Effectiveness in Information Sharing & Intelligence Analysis

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CHAPTER 8
Perceived Effectiveness of Fusion
Centers

From the outset, not only did this research explore whether fusion centers are perceived to be accomplishing what they were tasked to accomplish, namely the successful collection, analysis and sharing of criminal and other threat information, but whether these activities are perceived to be effective from the various participant perspectives. It is important to probe these areas directly with the understanding that participant responses will shed valuable light on the accomplishments, as well as the areas for improvement, of fusion centers from the ‘linelevel’ perspective. Such information is valuable from a policy standpoint since it can be drawn upon as a source of strategies to improve the success of individual fusion centers, as well as the development of the national fusion center network.

In addition to exploring the strengths and weaknesses of the fusion center, two other important, fundamental themes emerged that influence the participant’s perspectives of their fusion center’s effectiveness, specifically the importance of management and the significance of personalities. These issues are in no way unique to fusion centers but are essential to any organization.


FUSION CENTER STRENGHTS

One major theme with three prominent sub-themes emerged from the interviews that address the overall strengths a fusion center does or has the potential to possess. The major theme, and their greatest strength, is that fusion centers serve a one-stop-shop function. Within this

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