This is the first single-authored, comprehensive treatment of intelligence support to the full range of homeland security practitioners with a focus on counterterrorism and cyber-security. In the post 9/11 era, federal homeland security professionals rely heavily on intelligence to perform their tasks in all mission areas—prevent, protect, mitigate, respond, and recover. But this enterprise also includes hundreds of thousands of state and local government and private sector practitioners who are still exploring how intelligence can act as a force multiplier in helping them achieve their goals. Steiner provides a thorough and in-depth picture of why intelligence is so crucial to homeland security missions, who provides intelligence support to which homeland security customer, and how intelligence products differ depending on the customer's specific needs and duties. Key Features: • The author's breadth and depth of experience at the federal and state levels provides a single paradigm the intelligence support process. • Chapters present actual (unclassified or de-classified) intelligence documents to demonstrate the characteristics of intelligence required to help a homeland security customer do his/her job. • Real-world student exercises and research issues provide hands-on experience in preparing and evaluating intelligence products tailored to a customer's specific information requirements.
Chapter 5: The FBI Leads Terrorism Prevention at Home
The FBI Leads Terrorism Prevention at Home
Counterterrorism within the United States is treated as a law enforcement issue. The Department of Justice (attorney general) has the mandate for terrorism prevention, and in almost all cases the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is the designated Department of Justice lead. In fact, the top mission of the FBI is to protect and defend the United States against terrorist threats.
The FBI Mandate and Capabilities
In 2012, the FBI had more than 36,000 employees. That total included almost 14,000 special agents and more than 22,000 support professionals, including intelligence analysts,1 language specialists, scientists, information technology specialists, and other professionals. In addition to its headquarters in Washington, the FBI has 56 field offices ...