Since the creation of our Intelligence Services Division in 2005, CRA has offered a variety of intelligence products and services to meet the changing needs of our clients. Every day, field-deployed CRA analysts in state and major urban area Fusion Centers and other sites collect, analyze, and integrate threat-related information, author analytical products, and brief decision-makers at all levels of government. CRA’s intelligence services have vastly expanded throughout the last decade, and currently include:
The provision of contracted criminal and intelligence analysts to Fusion Centers as well as other Federal, State, private, and international clients
Scenario-based Analyst and Investigator Training Workshops and exercises customized for each location or agency
Training on network analysis, social media analysis, cellphone/document exploitation (CELLEX/DOCEX), and investigative and computer forensics
CRA is consistently praised for the quality of our intelligence analysts, the high-degree of corporate support received in the field, and the specialized training and experience that each analyst brings to our clients. Our analysts have authored doctrine, threat reports, and bulletins for U.S. government projects, international working groups, the private sector, foreign governments, and Hollywood production companies filming overseas in high-risk locations.
Aside from day-to-day duties, our analysts are also frequently called upon to support CRA trainers and exercise support teams by integrating unclassified threat information into CRA training programs and exercise scenarios to ensure that our customers our training against realistic and current threats. CRA maintains an expansive reference library containing open-source terrorism threat information, group profiles, terrorist biographies, and archives of terrorist media statements, literature, martyrdom videos, IED-manufacturing manuals, and training footage. This reference library is used by CRA exercise scenario-developers for incorporation into training and exercise services.
Aside from our provision of analysts to Fusion Centers and international clients, CRA previously provided a team of intelligence analysts to support the Counter-Terrorism Division of INTERPOL-Washington. These analysts worked with international law enforcement and intelligence agencies on a variety of counterterrorism projects, including the targeting of foreign fighter networks in Afghanistan and Iraq, toppling pirate networks off the coast of Somalia, and combatting the proliferation of radiological and nuclear material. INTERPOL projects supported by CRA analysts resulted in multiple arrests, and have left INTERPOL with a collection of products and processes still being used today by their staff.
Support to Fusion Centers
CRA has been on the forefront of supporting state and major urban area Fusion Centers for more than a decade. After 9/11, CRA supported the Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Global Justice Information Sharing Initiative (Global) that contributed to the development of Fusion Centers following 9/11. Following the success of Global and the development of Fusion Centers, CRA was selected by DHS to deliver the Fusion Process Technical Assistance to States and Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI) grantees.
Via the DHS Terrorism Prevention Exercise Program (TPEP) contract, CRA successfully designed and conducted information-sharing workshops, tabletop exercises, drills, and functional exercises at 26 of the 78 state and local fusion centers currently in operation. Based upon our extensive Fusion Center experience, CRA was requested to provide DHS/FEMA with a comprehensive after action report focusing on trends and patterns we have observed in fusion centers based on our exercise experience.
Today, CRA continues to support Fusion Centers by means of the following services:
Provision of Contracted Analysts: Since 2005, CRA has provided contracted analysts to several State and major urban area fusion centers throughout the U.S., as well as to the Federal government. Our analysts are frequently praised for their professionalism and experience, and have been critical to several successful and high-profile law enforcement operations in recent years. CRA has been an established employee-centric business for 30 years, and we pride ourselves in providing a high degree of corporate support to each of our field-deployed analysts. For example, in addition to our standard benefits package, all CRA analysts receive an annual training and professional development allowance. This corporate policy ensures that our analysts remain current in their fields. CRA actively encourages our analysts to take part in job-related language training, pursue advanced degrees, and to network and join professional memberships and associations. CRA provides tuition assistance and we reimburse our staff for the costs of these memberships and job-related training. This corporate policy and best-practice directly benefits not only our employees, but also the fusion centers and other clients in which they serve.
Fusion Center Training and Exercises: Through various contracts with the Federal government, CRA has conducted training and intelligence-based exercises for analysts at nearly 30 state and local fusion centers nationwide. Based upon our knowledge and experience with fusion centers, DHS called upon CRA to revamp the national Exercise Evaluation Guides in accordance to the Baseline Capabilities for State and Major Urban Area Fusion Centers. CRA successfully updated this national guidance to allow fusion centers to identify specific strengths and areas for improvement in accordance with the Baseline Capabilities.