As the lead law enforcement agency for investigating
acts of domestic and international terrorism, the FBI relies on
a vast array of partnerships across the nation and around the world
to disrupt and defeat terrorists. These relationships have been
steadily enhanced through a series of groundbreaking initiatives
since September 11.
Joint Terrorism Task Forces (JTTFs)
JTTFs are teams of state and local law enforcement officers, FBI
Agents, and other federal agents and personnel who work shoulder-to-shoulder
to investigate and prevent acts of terrorism. These task forces
are important force multipliers in the war on terror,
pooling multi-agency expertise and ensuring the timely
collection and sharing of intelligence absolutely critical to prevention
efforts. Although the first JTTF came into being in 1980, the total
number of task forces has nearly doubled since September 11, 2001.
Today, there are 66 JTTFs, including one in each of the FBIs
56 main field offices and ten in smaller offices. More than 2,300
personnel work on these task forces nationwide.
National Joint Terrorism Task Force (National JTTF)
In 2002, the FBI created a National Joint Terrorism Task Force at
its command center in Washington, D.C. Nearly 30 agencies are represented,
spanning the fields of intelligence, public safety, and federal,
state, and local law enforcement. The National JTTF collects terrorism
information and intelligence and funnels it to the 66 JTTFs, various
terrorism units within the FBI, and partner agencies. Agency representatives
also help the FBI with terrorism investigations.
Foreign Terrorist Tracking Task Force (FTTTF)
In October 2001, the Attorney General created the FTTTF at the direction
of the President. It is composed of representatives of the FBI,
the Immigration and Naturalization Service, the Customs Service,
and other federal agencies. Combining information, expertise, and
technology, members of the FTTTF work together to prevent known
terrorists and suspects from entering the U.S. and to track down
those who do manage to come into this country. As of January 2003,
the FTTTF has identified more than 200 terrorists or suspects.
Office of Law Enforcement Coordination
In December 2001, Director Mueller announced the creation of a new
office within the Bureau to improve longstanding relationships with
state, municipal, county, and tribal law enforcement on a national
level. Lou Quijas, a former police chief, was selected to head the
office. Recognizing that state and local police officers outnumber
FBI Agents 60 to 1, the FBI is committed to folding its law enforcement
partners into the war on terror by sharing information more fully
and coordinating more closely. This office serves as a cornerstone
of that effort, helping the FBI open channels of communication and
be more responsive to the needs of law enforcement at the state
and local levels.
The National Intel Share (NIS) Project
The NIS Project, headed by a Bureau executive, is dedicated to bolstering
the FBIs ability to exchange sensitive information with federal,
state, and local law enforcement agencies. A key effort is the Joint
Terrorism Task Force Information Sharing Initiative, a pilot project
in St. Louis that is bringing together data from computer systems
of the FBI and its partners into a single, searchable data warehouse.
It will be tested in five other FBI field offices and promises to
bring a new level of connectivity to the government in the war on