Virginia Fusion Center

The Virginia Fusion Center (VFC) was created as a partnership between the Virginia State Police and Virginia Department of Emergency Management to improve the Commonwealth of Virginia’s preparedness against terrorist attacks and to deter criminal activity. The Center provides a vital conduit for information exchange allowing the VFC to communicate with its partners.

The information provided to the VFC may be used by national entities to assist them in formulating a strategic view of the threats facing our nation. The VFC is also responsible for the rapid and efficient dissemination of threat and protective information affecting Virginia to assist partners in their homeland security responsibilities. The VFC operates on a 24 hour, 7 days a week basis, and is staffed by personnel representing several state and federal agencies.

The VFC has partnerships in the following areas:

  • Federal, State and Local Law Enforcement
  • Department of Defense and Component Agencies
  • Critical Infrastructure
  • Emergency Response
  • Private Industry
  • General Public

Mission

The primary mission of the Virginia Fusion Center is to fuse together key counterterrorism and criminal intelligence resources from local, state, and federal agencies as well as private industries in a secure, centralized location, to facilitate information collection, prioritization, classification, analysis, and sharing, in order to better defend the Commonwealth against terrorist threats and/or attack and to deter criminal activity.

The secondary mission is to act in support of the Virginia Emergency Operations Center (VEOC), centralize information and resources to provide a comprehensive, coordinated, and effective response in the event of a terrorist attack or natural disaster, in order to neutralize the situation and allow an effective recovery process to be implemented and managed.

Introduction to the
Network of National Fusion Centers

Fusion Centers
Preventing Threats to the Homeland

In-House Units

Terrorism Intelligence Unit

The Terrorism Intelligence Unit handles all matters relating to both international and domestic terrorism, as well as suspicious activity reporting. Those assigned to this unit cover matters to include homegrown violent extremists (HVEs), racially motivated violent extremists (RMVEs), and domestic and foreign terrorist organizations. TIU also assists in special event threat assessments throughout the Commonwealth. 

Cyber Intelligence Unit 

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Watch Center

Gang Intelligence Unit 

The VFC Gang Unit integrates intelligence locally, state-wide, and federally regarding the growth, migration, criminal activity, and trends of active gangs. Routinely and on case-by-case urgent circumstances, the unit shares timely and accurate information by providing the analysis of street gangs, Hispanic gangs, transnational gangs, outlaw motorcycle gangs, and prison gangs.

Critical Infrastructure Protection Unit

Critical infrastructure are the assets, systems, and networks, whether physical or cyber, so vital to the United States, the Commonwealth of Virginia, or its local jurisdictions that their incapacitation or destruction would have a debilitating effect on physical security, economic vitality, public health or safety, or any combination thereof at a national, state, or local level.

16 Critical Infrastructure Sectors

There are 16 critical infrastructure sectors whose assets, systems, and networks, whether physical or virtual, are considered so vital to the United States that their incapacitation or destruction would have a debilitating effect on security, national economic security, national public health or safety, or any combination thereof. Presidential Policy Directive 21 (PPD-21): PPD-21 identifies 16 critical infrastructure sectors.

  • Chemical Sector
  • Commercial Facilities Sector
  • Communications Sector
  • Critical Manufacturing Sector
  • Dams Sector
  • Defense Industrial Base Sector
  • Emergency Services Sector
  • Energy Sector
  • Financial Services Sector
  • Food and Agriculture Sector
  • Government Facilities Sector
  • Healthcare and Public Health Sector
  • Information Technology Sector
  • Nuclear Reactors, Materials, and Waste Sector
  • Transportation Systems Sector
  • Water and Wastewater Systems Sector

Behavior Threat Assessment Model

The primary objective of the Behavioral Threat Assessment and Management Unit (BTAM) is to identify, investigate,evaluate and manage person(s) of concern who exhibit concerning behaviors associated with the pathway to violence. Threat Assessment is one component in the overall strategy to reduce violence and targeted attacks

 

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