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Oregon ranks 35th of 50 states in the number of domestically focused counterterrorism and homeland security organizations, and is one of seven states that rank 37th overall in organizations established or newly involved in counterterrorism since 9/11. In dollar amount, the state ranked 31st in fiscal 2009 in federal homeland security spending and 27th in domestic preparedness and antiterrorism programs. Measured per capita, the state ranked 46th in overall federal government expenditures.

U.S. intelligence and homeland security agencies and the Department of Justice measure the potential terrorist threat to Oregon by analyzing data, including the following: * Oregon had seven terrorism-related convictions from Sept. 11, 2001, through March 2010, according to the Justice Department. * Portland 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. * Two major terrorist plots related to Oregon have been thwarted since 9/11: the "Portland Seven" plot in 2003 and the Pioneer Courthouse Square Christmas tree plot in Portland in 2010. The Oregon Governor’s Security Council was formed in October 2001 to increase the state's preparedness and capabilities to respond to international terrorism. The Oregon State Police’s Counter-Terrorism Section was also founded (originally as the Office of Public Safety and Security) in fall 2001, followed by a statewide fusion center that was completed in 2007 in Salem (with a second Portland-based center under development).

State security snapshot

Organizations working on homeland security and counterterrorism: 39

Organizations that started this work after 9/11: 8

79.5% Pre-9/11

20.5% Post-9/11

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Oregon is located in FEMA Region X; the Defense Coordinating Office responsible for brokering and arranging federal military support for the state is in Seattle.

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 2610339


  • Counterterrorism

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

  • Intelligence

    Oregon is a member of the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC) and the Western States Information Network (WSIN). At the federal level, the FBI operates a Field Intelligence Group (FIG) in Portland. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement Field Intelligence Group in Seattle has jurisdiction over Oregon. The Oregon High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area in Salem performs criminal intelligence analysis.

  • Fusion

    The Oregon Terrorism Fusion Center (TITAN) in Salem, established in June 2007, is a component of the state Department of Justice and is the state-designated all-crimes and all-threats fusion center. A second fusion center is under development in Portland.

  • Homeland Security

    The Oregon State Police's Counter-Terrorism Section is the state's homeland security agency, originating as the Office of Public Safety and Security in the aftermath of 9/11. The section provides law enforcement support and coordination to the governor's homeland security advisor, who is also Oregon's adjutant general. To assist the state in critical-infrastructure protection (CIP), a DHS Protective Security Advisor is located in Portland, and one of nine national DHS CIP Teams is located in Oregon to conduct assessments of selected critical assets.

  • Law Enforcement

    The Oregon State Police is the statewide law enforcement agency. The FBI's Portland field office operates resident agencies and satellite offices in Bend, Eugene, Medford, Pendleton and Salem, and has established five Counterterrorism Working Groups throughout the state: Medford Region, Central Oregon Region, Northeast Oregon Region, Eugene Region and Salem Region.

  • Emergency Management

    Oregon Emergency Management (OEM), part of the State Police, is the state agency for coordinating disaster/emergency preparedness. Oregon is also a member of the Pacific Northwest Emergency Management Arrangement (PNEMA), along with three other states, British Columbia and the Yukon.

Sourcing: Department of Homeland Security, Justice Department and state government documents.
OrganizationCityStarted since 9/11
Beaverton Police DepartmentBeaverton 
Bend Office (Drug Enforcement)Bend 
Bend Resident Agency (FBI)Bend 
Eugene Office (Drug Enforcement)Eugene 
Eugene Resident Agency (FBI)Eugene 
Washington County Sheriff's OfficeHillsborox
Medford Office (Drug Enforcement)Medford 
Medford Resident Agency (FBI)Medford 
RAC Medford (ICE)Medford 
Pendleton Resident Agency (FBI)Pendleton 
AFOSI Det 325 OL-L (Air Force)Portland 
ASAC Portland (ICE)Portland 
N. Pacific Customs Management CenterPortland 
Oregon ATAC (U.S. Attorney)Portlandx
Portland District Office (Drug Enforcement)Portland 
Portland Division (FBI)Portland 
Portland JTTF (Coast Guard, FBI)Portlandx
Portland JTTF (FBI)Portlandx
Portland Post of Duty (Defense)Portland 
Portland Satellite Office (ATF)Portland 
Port of Portland Police DepartmentPortland 
Protective Security Advisor Portland District (DHS)Portlandx
USAO District of Oregon (U.S. Attorney)Portland 
USMS District of Oregon (Marshals)Portland 
USSS Portland (Secret Service)Portland 
Duty Station Roseburg (ICE)Roseburg 
102nd Civil Support Team (Nat'l Guard)Salemx
Oregon Adjutant General (TAG)Salem 
Oregon Air National GuardSalem 
Oregon Army National GuardSalem 
Oregon Emergency Management (OEM)Salem 
Oregon Military DepartmentSalem 
Oregon State Citizen CorpsSalemx
Oregon State PoliceSalem 
Oregon Terrorism Fusion Center (TITAN) / Terrorism Intelligence and Threat Assessment Network (TITAN) Fusion Center (State Police, Dept. of Justice))Salem 
Ore. HIDTA (Nat'l Drug Control)Salem 
Ore. Office of Homeland SecuritySalemx
Salem Office (Drug Enforcement)Salem 
Salem Resident Agency (FBI)Salem 

Today's threatened environment includes not only the traditional spectrum of manmade and natural hazards -- wildfires, urban fires, floods, severe weather, hazardous-material incidents, transportation accidents, pandemics, and disruptions to critical infrastructure -- but also the threat of terrorist attacks.”

Source: State of Oregon Emergency Operations Plan, September 2010

State-Recognized Threats:
Public SafetyEarthquakes; Extreme heat; Floods; Landslide and debris flow
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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