North Dakota ranks 43rd of 50 states in the number of domestically focused counterterrorism and homeland security organizations, and is one of four states that ranks 45th overall in organizations established or newly involved in counterterrorism since 9/11. In dollar amount, the state ranked 39th in fiscal 2009 in federal homeland security spending and 47th in domestic preparedness and antiterrorism programs. Measured per capita, the state ranked sixth in overall federal government expenditures.
State security snapshot
Organizations working on homeland security and counterterrorism: 33
Organizations that started this work after 9/11: 7
North Dakota is located in FEMA Region VIII; the Defense Coordinating Office responsible for brokering and arranging federal military support for the state is in Denver.
The North Dakota Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) annex in Fargo is subordinate to the FBI's Minneapolis field office. The U.S. attorney chairs an Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council (ATAC) in Fargo.
South Dakota is a member of the Mid-States Organized Crime Information Center (MOCIC), the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC) and the Intelligence Communications Enterprise for Information Sharing and Exchange (ICEFISHX), a terrorism-related information-sharing partnership between Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota law enforcement agencies that is used to collect information about suspicious activity relating to criminal activity and infrastructure protection. At the federal level, the FBI's Minneapolis Field Intelligence Group (FIG) covers South Dakota. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement Field Intelligence Group in St. Paul, Minn., has jurisdiction for North Dakota.
The North Dakota State and Local Intelligence Center (NDSLIC) (also known as the North Dakota Fusion Center), a component of the North Dakota Department of Emergency Services (NDDES), was established in 2003. Today, it is a joint effort of the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation, the North Dakota Highway Patrol, the North Dakota Homeland Security Program and the North Dakota National Guard. The state-designated fusion center takes an all-crimes and all-hazards approach to terrorism.
The Homeland Security Program of the North Dakota Department of Emergency Services has responsibility for those aspects of emergency preparedness relating to homeland security, particularly the provision of federal grants to the state. To assist in critical infrastructure protection, a DHS Protective Security Advisor in Omaha has jurisdiction over North Dakota.
The North Dakota Highway Patrol is the statewide law enforcement agency. North Dakota falls under the jurisdiction of the FBI's Minneapolis field office, which has resident agencies in Bismarck, Fargo, Grand Forks and Minot.
The North Dakota Department of Emergency Services (NDDES) is the state agency for coordinating disaster/emergency preparedness.
|Organization||City||Started since 9/11|
|81st Civil Support Team (Nat'l Guard)||Bismarck||x|
|Bismarck Office (Drug Enforcement)||Bismarck|
|Bismarck Resident Agency (FBI)||Bismarck|
|N.D. Department of Emergency Services||Bismarck|
|N.D. Division of Homeland Security||Bismarck||x|
|N.D. Emergency Management Division||Bismarck|
|N.D. Fusion Center (N.D. Bur. of Investigations)||Bismarck||x|
|North Dakota Air National Guard||Bismarck|
|North Dakota Army National Guard||Bismarck|
|North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation||Bismarck|
|North Dakota Citizen Corps Council||Bismarck||x|
|North Dakota Highway Patrol||Bismarck|
|North Dakota National Guard JFHQ||Bismarck|
|ATAC District of N.D. (U.S. Attorney)||Fargo||x|
|Fargo Office (Drug Enforcement)||Fargo|
|Fargo Resident Agency (FBI)||Fargo|
|Fargo Satellite Office/Industry Operations (ATF)||Fargo|
|N.D. JTTF (FBI)||Fargo||x|
|RA Fargo (ICE)||Fargo|
|USAO District of North Dakota (U.S. Attorney)||Fargo|
|USMS District of North Dakota (Marshals)||Fargo|
|USSS Fargo (Secret Service)||Fargo|
|Grand Forks Air and Marine Branch (Customs)||Grand Forks||x|
|Grand Forks Aviation Operations (Customs)||Grand Forks|
|Grand Forks Resident Agency (FBI)||Grand Forks|
|Grand Forks Riverine Site (Customs)||Grand Forks|
|Grand Forks Sector (Border Patrol)||Grand Forks|
|RAC Grand Forks (ICE)||Grand Forks|
|AFOSI Det 320 (Air Force)||Grand Forks AFB|
|Minot Resident Agency (FBI)||Minot|
|RAC Minot (ICE)||Minot|
|AFOSI Det 228 (Air Force)||Minot AFB|
|RAC Pembina (ICE)||Pembina|
|Public Safety||Thunderstorms; Tornadoes; Winter storms; Extreme cold|
|Domestic Security||None identified.|