Date of Award

5-2015

Document Type

Capstone-Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Program Name

Intelligence Studies

Capstone Instructor

Dr. Marian Leerburger

Abstract

In 2014, the first-ever National Strategy for the National Network of Fusion Centers took effect with hopes of resolving persistent issues plaguing the 78 fusion centers throughout the United States. The purpose of this study is to evaluate every detail of this new strategy and forecast if the strategy will be able to attain the intended improvements. To do so, this study uses a causal-comparative research methodology, which offers a diagnosis for a problem along with a prognosis for a possible solution. By scrutinizing the strategy's vision and proposed means for achieving goals, this study expects the strategy to yield major improvements of current fusion center deficiencies. However, not all root-causes of persistent fusion center deficiencies are addressed by the strategy, increasing the likelihood for continued problems. This study identifies several gaps that fusion center administrators must address in order to fully realize the intentions of this new strategy. Failure to do so would render the new strategy only partially successful, as fusion centers continue to be only somewhat effective and unnecessarily dangerous to the essence of liberty and the American way of life.

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