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New Hampshire

New Hampshire ranks 33rd of 50 states in the number of domestically focused counterterrorism and homeland security organizations (tied with New Mexico), and 11th overall in organizations established or newly involved in counterterrorism since 9/11. In dollar amount, the state ranked 33rd in fiscal 2009 in federal homeland security spending and 29th in domestic preparedness and antiterrorism programs. Measured per capita, the state ranked 45th in overall federal government expenditures.

New Hampshire 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; is one of 15 states that have had no terrorism convictions since Sept. 11, 2001, according to the Justice Department; and 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.

State security snapshot

Organizations working on homeland security and counterterrorism: 41

Organizations that started this work after 9/11: 24

41.5% Pre-9/11

58.5% Post-9/11

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New Hampshire 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 13171141


  • Counterterrorism

    The Bedford Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) annex is subordinate to the FBI's field office in Boston.

  • Intelligence

    The New Hampshire State Police created a Terrorism Intelligence Unit in October 2001 to collect and analyze intelligence information relating to criminal and terrorist activity and to coordinate the dissemination of that information among federal, state, county and local law enforcement agencies. New Hampshire 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 New Hampshire. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement Field Intelligence Group in Boston has jurisdiction over the state.

  • Fusion

    The New Hampshire Information and Analysis Center, a component of the Department of Safety, is not yet a full-fledged fusion center, though the State Police Terrorism Intelligence Unit works with the FBI's JTTF and reviews raw data to compile and report on suspicious activities that could signal a terrorist attack.

  • Homeland Security

    New Hampshire's director of homeland security and emergency management reports directly to the governor and heads the state agency responsible for coordinating the planning for, response to and recovery from major natural and manmade disasters. Homeland Security and Emergency Management is part of the New Hampshire Department of Safety and is headquartered at the Incident Planning and Operations Center on the grounds of the State Fire Academy. To assist in critical infrastructure protection, a DHS Protective Security Advisor in Boston has jurisdiction over New Hampshire.

  • Law Enforcement

    The New Hampshire Department of Safety is the statewide law enforcement agency and is responsible for state homeland security and emergency management activities. New Hampshire falls under the jurisdiction of the FBI's Boston field office, which has resident agencies in Bedford and Portsmouth.

  • Emergency Management

    The Bureau of Emergency Management (BEM) in the New Hampshire Department of Safety is the state agency for coordinating disaster/emergency preparedness. It is part of New Hampshire Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM).

Sourcing: Department of Homeland Security, Justice Department and state government documents.
OrganizationCityStarted since 9/11
Bedford JTTF Annex (FBI)Bedfordx
Bedford Resident Agency (FBI)Bedford 
Manchester Field Office (ATF)Bedford 
Manchester Resident Office (Drug Enforcement)Bedford 
12th Civil Support Team (Nat'l Guard)Concordx
Concord Police DepartmentConcordx
Merrimack County Attorney’s OfficeConcordx
New Hampshire Adjutant General (TAG)Concord 
New Hampshire Air National GuardConcord 
New Hampshire Army National GuardConcord 
New Hampshire Department of JusticeConcordx
New Hampshire Department of SafetyConcordx
New Hampshire Fish and Game DepartmentConcordx
New Hampshire Police Standards & Training CouncilConcordx
New Hampshire State Citizen Corps CouncilConcordx
New Hampshire State PoliceConcordx
N.H. Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council / Law Enforcement Coordinating Committee (U.S. Attorney)Concordx
N.H. Fire Marshal’s OfficeConcordx
N.H. Homeland Security and Emergency ManagementConcordx
N.H. Incident Planning and Operations CenterConcord 
N.H. Intelligence Fusion CenterConcordx
N.H. National Guard JFHQConcordx
USAO District of New Hampshire (U.S. Attorney)Concord 
USMS District of New Hampshire (Marshals)Concord 
New Hampshire Division of Safety Services, Marine PatrolGilfordx
Rockingham County Attorney’s OfficeKingstonx
Rockingham County Sheriff’s OfficeKingstonx
Londonderry Police DepartmentLondonderry 
Manchester Airport SecurityManchesterx
Manchester Police DepartmentManchesterx
RAC Manchester (ICE)Manchester 
USSS Manchester (Secret Service)Manchester 
Hillsborough County Attorney’s OfficeNashuax
Nashua Police DepartmentNashuax
National Drug Intelligence Center - Northern New EnglandNewington 
Newington Police DepartmentNewingtonx
NCIS Resident Agency Portsmouth (Navy)Portsmouth 
Portsmouth Police DepartmentPortsmouth 
Portsmouth Resident Agency (FBI)Portsmouth 
Portsmouth Satellite Office (Diplomatic Sec.)Portsmouth 
Seabrook Police DepartmentSeabrookx

"New Hampshire faces a wide array of risks, which may pose a significant threat to the population and property within the State. These include natural, technological and/or national security emergencies or disasters. ... An emergency or disaster can occur in the State at any time, any place. It may create significant degrees of human suffering, property damage and economic hardship to individuals, governments and the business community. The State assumes that there are many emergency situations that may directly produce severe consequences within New Hampshire and the varying degrees of impact will affect the response. ... The State is primarily responsible for natural, manmade and technological emergency preparedness and has shared responsibilities with the Federal government for national security preparedness."”

Source: State of New Hampshire Emergency Operations Plan, 2005

An act of terrorism, particularly an act directed against a large population center within the State of New Hampshire involving CBRNE/WMD, Cyber- and/or Agro-terrorism, may produce major impacts that will overwhelm the capabilities of the State agencies almost immediately. Major impacts involving CBRNE/WMD, Cyber- and or Agro-terrorism may overwhelm existing Federal capabilities as well. ... To cause serious impact that overwhelms a local jurisdiction's capability and requires State and Federal assistance, it is likely that the terrorist(s) will use a weapon of mass destruction (WMD).”

Source: State of New Hampshire Emergency Operations Plan: Terrorism Annex, 2004

State-Recognized Threats:
Public SafetyFloods; 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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