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Unit IV Essay The Role of Fusion Centers in Counterterrorism Strategies For this assignment, write an essay at least 500 words in length on how the role of fusion centers has changed in the United States from post-9/11 to today. Fusion centers are a information sharing platform that was designed to increase the sharing of information at federal, state, and local government levels. Federal agencies such as the Central Intelligence Agency, Federal Bureau of Investigation, United States Department of Justice, and United States Department of Defense all utilize this system to analyze information for potential intelligence information. This sharing of information was to help gaps in intelligence sharing, and according to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano in 2009 called the fusion centers “ a criticalpart of our nation’s homeland security capabilities” (Smith, 2012). Since 9/11 the establishment of nearly 78 centers across the United States. Since 9/1, the fusions centers have developed this stream line process gathering the information as the 9/11 Commission issued its recommendation was the need for