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eGuardian a Hit with Defense Department

eGuardian a Hit with Defense Department

WASHINGTON (June 2010)—The FBI’s eGuardian system was recently chosen by the Department of Defense (DoD) to replace its previous threat reporting structure that was terminated in 2007. After two years of analysis, review of more than 60 systems, and the culmination of a 6-month pilot program in June 2009, DoD selected the FBI-owned and maintained eGuardian system.

The eGuardian system was developed by the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division in response to mandates by the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act, other status and Executive Orders, and the National Strategy for Combating Terrorism. eGuardian is a complete, web-based reporting system where federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement officers, state fusion centers, regional intelligence centers, and FBI task force officers can share timely information about suspicious activity and terrorist threats. This system gives law enforcement and Intelligence Community partners a greater degree of connectivity with regard to the collection and dissemination of suspicious activity and threat reporting.

By sharing such information in a near real-time system, partners can avoid jurisdictional and bureaucratic impediments that may delay communication between agencies. All partner organizations are able to contribute and extract information from eGuardian according to their needs and keep reports continually updated.

In the wake of the tragic Fort Hood shootings in November 2009, a DoD board reviewing the incident cited the need to “adopt a common force protection threat reporting system for documenting, storing, and exchanging threat information related to DoD personnel, facilities, and forces in transit.” The answer for the DoD was the FBI’s eGuardian system.

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