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Maine ranks 39th of 50 states in the number of domestically focused counterterrorism and homeland security organizations (tied with Alaska), and is one of seven states that ranks 37th overall in organizations established or newly involved in counterterrorism since 9/11. In dollar amount, the state ranked 41st in fiscal 2009 in federal homeland security spending and 42nd in domestic preparedness and antiterrorism programs. Measured per capita, the state ranked 22nd in overall federal government expenditures.

Maine is one of 15 states and territories that the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. intelligence agencies assess as having no specific foreign or domestic terrorism threat, and it is one of 18 states that have no metropolitan area that has been designated by the federal government as "high-threat, high-density" with regard to acts of terrorism. Maine is one of 13 states or territories that had one terrorism conviction from Sept. 11, 2001, through March 2010, according to the Justice Department.

State security snapshot

Organizations working on homeland security and counterterrorism: 37

Organizations that started this work after 9/11: 8

78.4% Pre-9/11

21.6% Post-9/11

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Maine is located in FEMA Region I; the Defense Coordinating Office responsible for brokering and arranging federal military support for the state is in Boston.

Law Enforcement
Law Enforcement
Includes organizations at the federal, state and local levels that have the police powers to make arrests and investigate criminal matters.
Emergency Management
Emergency Management
Organizations tasked with responding to natural disasters, attacks using weapons of mass destruction and other emergencies.
Homeland Security
Homeland Security
Organizations responsible for activities -- such as infrastructure protection, border control and planning for the aftermath of terrorist attacks -- handled mainly by the Department of Homeland Security.
Organizations, such as the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Forces, that work exclusively on terrorism cases.
Joint Terrorism Task Force
A multiagency task force, run by the FBI, that has the lead in investigating terrorism within the United States.
Intelligence and Fusion
Organizations that collect, analyze and share information about domestic threats.
Fusion Centers
Fusion Center
A place where information from multiple agencies in a state or region is sent to be analyzed.
Totals 2413037


  • Counterterrorism

    The Maine Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) (known as the Portland JTTF annex) is subordinate to the FBI's Boston field office. The U.S. attorney chairs an Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council (ATAC) in Portland.

  • Intelligence

    Maine is a member of the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC) and the New England State Police Information Network (NESPIN). At the federal level, the FBI's Boston Field Intelligence Group (FIG) has responsibility for Maine. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement Field Intelligence Group in Boston has jurisdiction over Maine.

  • Fusion

    The Maine Information and Analysis Center (MIAC), also known as the Maine Fusion Center, is the state-designated fusion center and is operated by the Maine State Police and the Maine Emergency Management Agency.

  • Homeland Security

    The Maine Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC) was established in 2005 to advise the governor on all matters related to homeland security, including terrorism and bio-terrorism issues. The Maine Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) is the executive agency responsible for homeland security and terrorism-related incidents, as well as natural disasters. To assist in critical-infrastructure protection, a DHS Protective Security Advisor in Boston has jurisdiction over Maine.

  • Law Enforcement

    The Maine State Police is the statewide law enforcement agency and includes a criminal investigation division housed in regional bases in northern, central and southern Maine. Maine falls under the jurisdiction of the FBI's Boston field office, which has resident agencies in Augusta, Bangor and Portland.

  • Emergency Management

    The Maine Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) is the state agency for coordinating disaster/emergency preparedness. It is part of the Maine Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management.

Sourcing: Department of Homeland Security, Justice Department and state government documents.
OrganizationCityStarted since 9/11
Augusta Resident Agency (FBI)Augusta 
Maine Adjutant General (TAG)Augusta 
Maine Air National GuardAugusta 
Maine Army National GuardAugusta 
Maine Dept. of Defense, Veterans and Emergency ManagementAugusta 
Maine Director of Military Support (DOMS) (Nat'l Guard)Augusta 
Maine Emergency Management AgencyAugusta 
Maine Homeland Security (Maine Emergency Management Agency)Augustax
Maine Information and Analysis CenterAugustax
Maine National Guard JFHQ/ Joint Operations Center (JFHQ/JOC)Augustax
Maine State Citizen Corps CouncilAugustax
Maine State PoliceAugusta 
Bangor Resident Agency (FBI)Bangor 
Maine Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council (U.S. Attorney)Bangorx
RAC Bangor (ICE)Bangor 
Calais Station (Border Patrol)Baring 
NCIS Resident Unit Brunswick (Navy)Brunswick 
Fort Fairfield Station (Border Patrol)Fort Fairfield 
Houlton Aviation Operations (Customs)Houlton 
Houlton Riverine Site (Customs)Houlton 
Houlton Sector (Border Patrol)Houlton 
Houlton Sector, Maine (Border Patrol)Houlton 
Houlton Station (Border Patrol)Houlton 
RAC Houlton (ICE)Houtlon 
Jackman Station (Border Patrol)Jackman 
Maine Computer Crimes Task ForceLewiston 
ATAC District of Maine (U.S. Attorney)Portlandx
Maine JTTF / Portland JTTF Annex (FBI)Portlandx
Portland Field Office (ATF)Portland 
Portland Resident Agency (FBI)Portland 
RAC Portland (ICE)Portland 
USAO District of Maine (U.S. Attorney)Portland 
USMS District of Maine (Marshals)Portland 
USSS Portland (Secret Service)Portland 
Rangeley Sub-Station (Border Patrol)Rangeley 
Van Buren Station (Border Patrol)Van Buren 
11th Civil Support Team (Nat'l Guard)Watervillex

State-Recognized Threats:
Public SafetyFloods; Hurricanes; Tornadoes; Winter storms; Extreme cold
Domestic SecurityNone identified.
Sourcing: Natural hazards are taken from DHS documents and State Emergency Operations Plans. Domestic terrorist threats are based upon U.S. government intelligence documents and actual attacks undertaken since 2001.

This project was last updated in September 2010. Data is accurate as of that date.
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