This page has been archived.


Vermont ranks 48th of 50 states in the number of domestically focused counterterrorism and homeland security organizations, and 49th overall in organizations established or newly involved in counterterrorism since 9/11 (tied with Rhode Island). In dollar amount, the state ranked 48th in fiscal 2009 in federal homeland security spending and 50th in domestic preparedness and antiterrorism programs. Measured per capita, the state ranked 14th in overall federal government expenditures.

Vermont is one of 15 states and territories that the Department of Homeland Security and intelligence agencies assess as having no specific foreign or domestic terrorism threat; is one of 15 that have had no terrorism convictions since 9/11, according to the Justice Department; and is one of 18 states that has no metropolitan area that has been designated by the federal government as "high-threat, high-density" with regard to acts of terrorism. The Vermont Fusion Center, run by the Vermont State Police, was established in 2005 and is co-located with Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Law Enforcement Support Center (LESC) in Williston. Most of Vermont's counterterrorism and intelligence capacity is provided by out-of-state federal agencies, primarily located in New York and Massachusetts. The Canadian Security Intelligence Service, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and Surete du Quebec are partner agencies with the Vermont Anti-terrorism Advisory Council (ATAC).

State security snapshot

Organizations working on homeland security and counterterrorism: 26

Organizations that started this work after 9/11: 6

76.9% Pre-9/11

23.1% Post-9/11

Skip chart

Note: Please upgrade your Flash plug-in to view our enhanced content.

Preview below...


Vermont 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 1412026


  • Counterterrorism

    The Vermont Joint Terrorism Task Force is located in Albany, N.Y.

  • Intelligence

    Vermont 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 Albany Field Intelligence Group (FIG) covers Vermont. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Field Intelligence Group in Boston has jurisdiction over Vermont. The ICE Law Enforcement Support Center (LESC) in Williston is a 24/7 fusion center that supplies real-time assistance to law enforcement officers who are investigating or have arrested foreign-born individuals involved in criminal activity.

  • Fusion

    The Vermont Fusion Center, established in 2005 and operated by the Vermont State Police, serves as a central information-sharing point for Vermont law enforcement agencies and works closely with the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force in Albany, N.Y., and its subordinate resident agencies in the state. It is co-located with ICE's Law Enforcement Support Center (LESC).

  • Homeland Security

    The Homeland Security Unit of the Vermont Department of Public Safety was created in January 2002 to provide domestic preparedness support to state and local organizations. To assist in critical-infrastructure protection, a DHS Protective Security Advisor in Albany, N.Y., has jurisdiction over Vermont.

  • Law Enforcement

    The Vermont Department of Public Safety is the statewide law enforcement agency and includes the Vermont State Police, Vermont Emergency Management and Criminal Justice Services. The FBI's Albany field office has jurisdiction over the state of Vermont. FBI resident agencies are located in Burlington and Rutland.

  • Emergency Management

    Vermont Emergency Management, a part of the Department of Public Safety, is the state agency for coordinating disaster/emergency preparedness.

Sourcing: Department of Homeland Security, Justice Department and state government documents.
OrganizationCityStarted since 9/11
Richford Station (Border Patrol)  
Beecher Falls Station (Border Patrol)Beecher Falls 
15th Civil Support Team (Nat'l Guard)Burlingtonx
Burlington Field Office (ATF)Burlington 
Burlington Resident Agency (FBI)Burlington 
RAC Burlington (ICE)Burlington 
USSS Burlington (Secret Service)Burlington 
Vermont Air National GuardBurlington 
Vermont Adjutant General (TAG)Colchester 
Vermont Army National GuardColchester 
Vt. National Guard JFHQColchesterx
RAC Derby Line (ICE)Derby Line 
Newport Station (Border Patrol)Newport 
Vt. Department of Public SafetyPittsford 
Rutland Resident Agency (FBI)Rutland 
RAC St. Albans (ICE)St. Albans 
Swanton Riverine Site (Customs)Swanton 
Swanton Sector, Vt. (Border Patrol)Swanton 
Swanton Station (Border Patrol)Swanton 
Vermont Emergency Management AgencyWaterbury 
Vermont State Citizen CorpsWaterburyx
Vt. Commisoner of Public SafetyWaterbury 
Vt. Homeland Security UnitWaterburyx
Vt. State PoliceWaterburyx
Law Enforcement Support Center (LESC) Computer Services Division (ICE)Williston 
Vermont Fusion CenterWillistonx

State-Recognized Threats:
Public SafetyFloods; Thunderstorms; 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.
"Top Secret America" is a project nearly two years in the making that describes the huge national security buildup in the United States after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. | Read More »

More than a dozen Washington Post journalists spent two years developing Top Secret America. | See the details »


Top Secret America on Frontline

A short video from PBS’s FRONTLINE on The Post’s two-year investigation. An hour-long documentary film is forthcoming. Watch the trailer »

The reporters

Dana Priest

Investigative reporter Dana Priest has been The Washington Post's intelligence, Pentagon and health-care reporter. She has won numerous awards, including the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for public service for "The Other Walter Reed" and the 2006 Pulitzer for beat reporting for her work on CIA secret prisons and counterterrorism operations overseas. She is author of the 2003 book, "The Mission: Waging War and Keeping Peace With America's Military, (W.W. Norton).

William M. Arkin

William M. Arkin has been a columnist and reporter with The Washington Post and since 1998. He has worked on the subject of government secrecy and national security affairs for more than 30 years. He has authored or co-authored more than a dozen books about the U.S. military and national security.

Project Credits

Stephanie Clark, Ben de la Cruz, Kat Downs, Dan Drinkard, Anne Ferguson-Rohrer, Justin Ferrell, David Finkel, Jennifer Jenkins, Robert Kaiser, Laris Karklis, Jacqueline Kazil, Lauren Keane, Todd Lindeman, Greg Manifold, Jennifer Morehead, Bonnie Jo Mount, Larry Nista, Ryan O’Neil, Sarah Sampsel, Whitney Shefte, Laura Stanton, Julie Tate, Doris Truong, Nathaniel Vaughn Kelso, Michael Williamson, Karen Yourish, Amanda Zamora.

Contact Us

Phone: 202-334-9300

© The Washington Post Company