Primary fusion centers serve as focal points within the state and local environment for the receipt, analysis, gathering, and sharing of threat-related information. They are the highest priority for the allocation of available federal resources, including the deployment of personnel and connectivity with federal data systems. Additional responsibilities include state-wide coordination of critical operational capabilities with other recognized fusion centers.
State and major urban area fusion centers are owned and operated by state and local entities, and are designated by the governor of their state. In accordance with the Federal Resource Allocation Criteria (RAC) policy, the federal government recognizes its shared responsibility with state and local governments to support the national network of fusion centers.