The National Counterterrorism Center serves as the primary organization in the U.S. government for integrating and analyzing all intelligence pertaining to terrorism possessed or acquired by the U.S. government (except purely domestic terrorism).
To do its job, the FBI works with both government and private sector partners every day and at every level—local, state, federal, tribal, and international. In some cases, these partnerships directly support our investigations and operations. In other cases, they enable mutually beneficial information sharing that help us to better understand emerging threats and foster crime prevention initiatives.
Operational and Investigative Partnerships
Our national headquarters and local field offices have built investigative partnerships with just about every local, state, federal, and tribal law enforcement and intelligence agency in the nation. Our agents and support staff also work closely with international organizations like Interpol and with law enforcement and security services in foreign countries across the globe.
The following are just a few of our operational task forces and partnerships:
National Counterterrorism Center
The National Counterterrorism Center serves as the primary organization in the U.S. government for integrating and analyzing all intelligence pertaining to terrorism possessed or acquired by the U.S. government (except purely domestic terrorism); serves as the central and shared knowledge bank on terrorism information; provides all-source intelligence support to government-wide counterterrorism activities; establishes the information technology (IT) systems and architectures within the NCTC and between the NCTC and other agencies that enable access to, as well as integration, dissemination, and use of, terrorism information.
For more information visit the National Counterterrorism Center website.
Regional Computer Forensics Laboratories (RCFLs)
The Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory (RCFL) program's mission is to assist law enforcement agencies around the nation in providing technical assistance, training, and examinations of digital evidence in support of criminal investigations.
For more information, visit the Regional Computer Forensics Laboratories (RCFLs) website.
Public and Private Sector Information-Sharing Alliances
The FBI leads or participates in a range of government only and public/private information-sharing initiatives and partnerships, including:
Domestic Security Alliance Council
The Domestic Security Alliance Council (DSAC)—modeled on the U.S. Department of State’s Overseas Security Advisory Council—was created in October 2005 to strengthen information-sharing with the private sector to help prevent, detect, and investigate threats impacting American businesses. Today, DSAC enables an effective two-way flow of vetted information between the FBI and participating members, which include some of America’s most respected companies. It also gives the Bureau valuable contacts when we need assistance with our investigations.
For more information, visit the DSAC website.
Fusion Centers—usually set up by states or major urban areas and run by state or local authorities, often with the support of the FBI—“fuse” intelligence from participating agencies to create a more comprehensive threat picture, locally and nationally. They integrate new data into existing information, evaluate it to determine its worth, analyze it for links and trends, and disseminate their findings to the appropriate agency for action.
InfraGard brings together representatives from the private and public sectors to help protect our nation’s critical infrastructure—both virtual and physical—from attacks by terrorists and criminals. The InfraGard program is run at the national level by the FBI Office of Private Sector, and each FBI field office has at least one chapter where meetings are held to discuss threats and share experiences and best practices.
For more information visit the InfraGard website.
Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3)
The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) is a partnership of the FBI and the National White Collar Crime Center that serves as a clearinghouse for triaging cyber complaints. Based in West Virginia, it works closely with a range of law enforcement agencies and private sector groups. IC3 also performs analysis and research and releases annual statistics.
For more information, visit the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) website.
National Cyber Forensics & Training Alliance
The National Cyber Forensics & Training Alliance, located in Pittsburgh, consists of experts from industry, academia, and the FBI, who work side by side to share and analyze information on the latest and most significant cyber threats.
National Gang Intelligence Center
The National Gang Intelligence Center integrates gang intelligence from across federal, state, and local law enforcement on the growth, migration, criminal activity, and association of gangs that pose a significant threat to the United States. Manned by analysts from multiple agencies, it supports law enforcement by sharing timely and accurate information and by providing strategic/tactical analysis of intelligence.