The Delaware Valley Intelligence Center, which Dustin Slaughter reported on in The Declaration, is an “all crimes” model information aggregation, analysis, and distribution facility made available to law nforcement and private sector entities in a four state region, at various levels of contribution and access.
It utilizes the resources of federal, state, and local authorities as well as from financial institutions, utility and telecommunication companies, providers of transit and health services, and other privately-held participants whose security and function are deemed critical to public safety and official operations. The process ‘fuses’ these networked investigative and analytic contributions and generates a synthesized “intelligence product” – an ever more ubiquitous offering most often in the form of a text-based ‘digest’ of current events in the threat register (see the DHS Open Source Critical Infrastructure Report for a watered-down example), but more and more frequently being advertised as featuring highly-interactive, user-friendly graphical interfaces linked to stations and cameras reporting incidents in real time.
Although an address listed for the facility was available to the editors of the Declaration, 2800 S 20th Street in Philadelphia, the business listed as operating from that location is Defense Realty LLC, about which there is very little readily searchable information. Using advanced operators in Google Search I recently located a pdf document, the SOSSEC Consortium Private Sector Briefing on the facility and its operations, presumably distributed to prospective participants in the fusion center (The DVIC Brochure, which I’d read, is a very heavily sanitized version of the Briefing with an overview/pitch of the DVIC project).
The System of Systems Security Consortium, SOSSEC, provides yet another solution to “events of 9/11” which “spawned a U.S. Army initiative to ‘Provide Solutions to meet Local, Regional and National Force Protection (FP), Homeland Defense (HD), and Homeland Security (HS) needs with a System of Systems Scalable, Interoperable and Integrated Approach for Addressing Emerging 21st Century Threats” (DVIC Brochure). The Consortium’s flagship project seems to be the Philadelphia fusion center, and further, as their website as much as explains, federal involvement is largely a function of and vehicle for contract development by defense giant CACI (Ever Vigilant).
The Private Sector Briefing contains images and other items of research and journalistic interest which combined with previous knowledge allow us to paint a more complete picture of the Fusion Center. The ability to cross-reference pre-construction photos with 3D map information from the CIA’s Google Earth allowed us to confirm that the location for Defense Realty LLC was indeed the physical location for the facility’s operation. Although the publication is somewhat dated I believe the information within is meant for a somewhat more exclusive audience and therefore more reliably descriptive.
Dustin Slaughter and I took a bus to investigate the site, which is indeed activity and much improved since the below pictures were taken (photographs are at dated to July 2011 at the latest). The Declaration will have a complete piece posted soon, below I present a selection of research from our ongoing investigation into the project.
JTTF (NJTTF, PA JTTF) – Joint Terrorism Task Force:
From the DOJ website: “Joint Terrorism Task Forces (JTTFs) are small cells of highly trained, locally based, passionately committed investigators, analysts, linguists, SWAT experts, and other specialists from dozens of U.S. law enforcement and intelligence agencies. It is a multi-agency effort led by the Justice Department and FBI designed to combine the resources of federal, state, and local law enforcement.”
PARTSWG – Philadelphia Area Regional Transit Security Working Group, including subdivisions for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA), the Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA/PATCO) New Jersey Transit, the Delaware Transit Corporation (DART), PennDOT and Amtrak.
“PARTSWG is helping to implement processes and systems that allow for enhanced communications and information sharing between regional transit system and other regional security stakeholders for the purpose of avoiding terrorism and being prepared for any type of disasters. This PARTSWG education campaign was funded by a grant from the Department of Homeland Security”
PaCIC – Pennsylvania Criminal Information Center – The DVIC will share information directly through the PaCIC, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s law enforcement information portal. “PaCIC provides Pennsylvania’s law enforcement community with 24/7/365 access to its most powerful weapon, information. In July 2003, the Pennsylvania State Police, Bureau of Criminal Investigation initiated the Pennsylvania Criminal Intelligence Center (PaCIC) in an effort to provide law enforcement throughout the Commonwealth with one central point of contact for their information needs.”
Where are the FBI and the DHS in all these flowcharts and diagrams? The short answer to that question is: everywhere. The Joint Terrorism Task Force DVIC cell was activated on July 15, 2011, 11 days before the publication of the SOSSEC Briefing which included a brief schedule of DVIC development. National and local JTTF operations are an initiative of, helmed by, and heavily staffed by the Department of Justice and its Federal Bureau of investigations.
As can be seen, a “DHS HQ intel analyst” assignment was a first step concomitant with the official designation as a fusion center. The DHS is present under various agency guises such as the USCG, the United States Coast Guard, absorbed from the DOD along with agencies formerly under other cabinet departments to form the new DHS in 2003.