Iowa ranks 41st of 50 states in the number of domestically focused counterterrorism and homeland security organizations, and 34th overall in organizations established or newly involved in counterterrorism since 9/11 (tied with Kansas and Mississippi). In dollar amount, the state ranked sixth in fiscal 2009 in federal homeland security spending and 33rd in domestic preparedness and antiterrorism programs. Measured per capita, the state ranked 29th in overall federal government expenditures.
State security snapshot
Organizations working on homeland security and counterterrorism: 36
Organizations that started this work after 9/11: 9
Iowa is located in FEMA Region VII; the Defense Coordinating Office responsible for brokering and arranging federal military support for the state is in Kansas City.
The Des Moines Joint Terrorism Task Force annex is subordinate to the FBI's Omaha field office. The U.S. attorney chairs Anti-Terrorism Advisory Councils (ATACs) in Cedar Rapids and Des Moines.
Iowa is a member of the Mid-States Organized Crime Information Center (MOCIC) and the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC).
At the federal level, the FBI Omaha Field Intelligence Group (FIG) covers threats to Iowa. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement Field Intelligence Group in St. Paul, Minn., has jurisdiction over Iowa.
Iowa has two operational fusion centers:
• The Iowa Intelligence Fusion Center (formerly the Iowa Fusion Center), established in 2003, is a component of the Iowa Department of Public Safety and is the state-designated fusion center. • The Region 5 Fusion Center in Des Moines, a component of the Des Moines Police Department, includes the counties of Adair, Appanoose, Boone, Clarke, Dallas, Decatur, Greene, Guthrie, Jasper, Lucas, Madison, Marion, Marshall, Monroe, Polk, Ringgold, Story, Union, Warren and Wayne.
The Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division (HSEMD), under the Iowa Department of Public Defense and located at Camp Dodge, coordinates the state's emergency management and homeland security efforts. To assist in critical infrastructure protection, a DHS Protective Security Advisor is located in Des Moines.
The Iowa Department of Public Safety is the statewide law enforcement agency and includes the State Patrol and the Division of Criminal Investigation. Iowa falls under the jurisdiction of the FBI's Omaha field office, which has resident agencies in Cedar Rapids, Des Moines, Sioux City and Waterloo.
The Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division (HSEMD), created after 9/11, has been working on emergency preparedness and management since it began as the State Civil Defense Agency in 1965.
|Organization||City||Started since 9/11|
|USAO Northern District of Iowa (U.S. Attorney)|
|USAO Southern District of Iowa (U.S. Attorney)|
|ATAC Northern District of Iowa (U.S. Attorney)||Cedar Rapids||x|
|Cedar Rapids Office (Drug Enforcement)||Cedar Rapids|
|Cedar Rapids Resident Agency (FBI)||Cedar Rapids|
|Cedar Rapids Satellite Office (ATF)||Cedar Rapids|
|RAC Cedar Rapids (ICE)||Cedar Rapids|
|USMS Northern District of Iowa (Marshals)||Cedar Rapids|
|Davenport Satellite Office (ATF)||Davenport|
|ATAC Southern District of Iowa (U.S. Attorney)||Des Moines||x|
|Des Moines Field Office (Military Intel)||Des Moines|
|Des Moines Resident Office (Drug Enforcement)||Des Moines|
|Des Moines Satellite Office (ATF)||Des Moines|
|Iowa Department of Public Safety||Des Moines|
|Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation||Des Moines|
|Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement||Des Moines|
|Iowa Homeland Security Advisor||Des Moines||x|
|Iowa Intelligence Fusion Center||Des Moines|
|Iowa Region 5 Fusion Center (Des Moines Police Dept.)||Des Moines|
|Protective Security Advisor Des Moines District (DHS)||Des Moines||x|
|RAC Des Moines (ICE)||Des Moines|
|USMS Southern District of Iowa (Marshals)||Des Moines|
|USSS Des Moines (Secret Service)||Des Moines|
|71st Civil Support Team (Nat'l Guard)||Johnston||x|
|Iowa Air National Guard||Johnston|
|Iowa Army National Guard||Johnston|
|Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division||Johnston||x|
|Iowa National Guard JFHQ||Johnston||x|
|Iowa State Citizen Corps Readiness/Response Bureau||Johnston||x|
|RAC Sioux City (ICE)||Sioux City|
|Sioux City Office(Drug Enforcement)||Sioux City|
|Sioux City Resident Agency (FBI)||Sioux City|
|Sioux City Satellite Office (ATF)||Sioux City|
|Waterloo Resident Agency (FBI)||Waterloo|
|Des Moines JTTF Annex (FBI)||West Des Moines||x|
|Des Moines Resident Agency (FBI)||West Des Moines|
“While the likelihood of a terrorist act being committed in Iowa is unknown, we will continue to be affected by floods, tornadoes, plane crashes, and other natural and human-caused disasters.”Source: Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division Web site
|Public Safety||Floods; Thunderstorms; Tornadoes; Winter storms; Extreme cold|
|Domestic Security||White supremacists|