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Nebraska ranks 44th of 50 states in the number of domestically focused counterterrorism and homeland security organizations, and 31st overall in organizations established or newly involved in counterterrorism since 9/11 (tied with Massachusetts and Nevada). In dollar amount, the state ranked 34th in fiscal 2009 in federal homeland security spending and 40th in domestic preparedness and antiterrorism programs. Measured per capita, the state ranked 40th in overall federal government expenditures.

U.S. intelligence and homeland security agencies and the Department of Justice measure the potential terrorist threat to Nebraska by analyzing data, including the following: * Nebraska is one of 15 states that have had no terrorism convictions since Sept. 11, 2001, according to the Justice Department. * Omaha is one of the 64 urban metropolitan areas that have been designated by the federal government as "high-threat, high-density" with regard to acts of terrorism. * Nebraska has the 10th-largest and fastest-growing immigrant population in the nation, a measure that the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI associate with potential threats.

State security snapshot

Organizations working on homeland security and counterterrorism: 32

Organizations that started this work after 9/11: 11

65.6% Pre-9/11

34.4% Post-9/11

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Nebraska 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, Mo.

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 1810432


  • Counterterrorism

    The Nebraska Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) is located in Omaha. The U.S. attorney chairs an Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council (ATAC) in Omaha.

  • Intelligence

    Nebraska 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 operates a Field Intelligence Group (FIG) in Omaha. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement Field Intelligence Group in St. Paul, Minn., has jurisdiction for Nebraska.

  • Fusion

    The Nebraska Information Analysis Center (NIAC) (also known as the Nebraska Fusion Center), a component of the Nebraska State Patrol, was established in 2007 and is designated the state's fusion center. The superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol committed the agency's intelligence unit to the NIAC to create the infrastructure needed to establish the center. The mission of the NIAC is to provide an avenue for all state law enforcement agencies and participating private partners to receive, validate, analyze and disseminate intelligence information for all crimes and all hazards. The NIAC works through the nine Planning, Exercise and Training (PET) Regions within the state.

  • Homeland Security

    Nebraska State Homeland Security, under the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency, focuses on detecting, preventing, protecting against, responding to and recovering from threats or incidents of terrorism, disasters and major emergencies. The Governor's Homeland Security Policy Group is chaired by the lieutenant governor. To assist in critical-infrastructure protection, a DHS Protective Security Advisor is located in Omaha.

  • Law Enforcement

    The Nebraska State Patrol is the statewide law enforcement agency. The Nebraska Crime Commission's Statistical Analysis Center (SAC) provides research and statistical information to criminal and juvenile justice agencies to aid in planning and decision-making. The FBI's Omaha field office operates resident agencies and satellite offices in Grand Isle, Lincoln and North Platte.

  • Emergency Management

    The Nebraska Emergency Management Agency, directed by the state's adjutant general and National Guard commander, is the state agency for coordinating disaster/emergency preparedness. The agency is located in a nuclear-hardened bunker built in the 1960s at the height of the Cold War.

Sourcing: Department of Homeland Security, Justice Department and state government documents.
OrganizationCityStarted since 9/11
RAC Grand Island (ICE)Grand Island 
Grand Isle Resident Agency (FBI)Grand Isle 
Adams County Emergency Management and Homeland SecurityHastingsx
72nd Civil Support Team (Nat'l Guard)Lincolnx
Lincoln Police DepartmentLincolnx
Lincoln Resident Agency (FBI)Lincoln 
Neb. Division of Criminal InvestigationLincoln 
Neb. Emergency Management AgencyLincoln 
Neb. Fusion CenterLincolnx
Neb. National Guard JFHQLincolnx
Nebraska Air National GuardLincoln 
Nebraska Army National GuardLincoln 
Nebraska Citizen Corps Council Citizen Corps Program OfficerLincolnx
North Platte Resident Agency (FBI)North Platte 
RAC North Platte (ICE)North Platte 
AFOSI Det 204 (Air Force)Offutt AFB 
Ogallala Police DepartmentOgallala 
Nebraska ATAC (U.S. Attorney)Omahax
Nebraska IRS Criminal InvestigationOmaha 
Nebraska State PatrolOmaha 
Omaha Division (FBI)Omaha 
Omaha Financial Crimes Task Force (Secret Service)Omaha 
Omaha JTTF / Neb. JTTF (FBI)Omahax
Omaha Metro Terrorism Early Warning GroupOmahax
Omaha Police DepartmentOmahax
Omaha Resident Office (Defense Sec.)Omaha 
Omaha Satellite Office/Industry Operations (ATF)Omaha 
Protective Security Advisor Omaha District (DHS)Omahax
RAC Omaha (ICE)Omaha 
USAO District of Nebraska (U.S. Attorney)Omaha 
USMS District of Nebraska (Marshals)Omaha 
USSS Omaha (Secret Service)Omaha 

State-Recognized Threats:
Public SafetyFloods; Thunderstorms; 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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