About MCAC

Less than one week after the horrific tragedy on September 11th 2001, U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft directed every U.S. Attorney's Office to start an Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council (ATAC).
Shortly thereafter, the Maryland Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council formed one of the first Fusion Centers in the United States to combine information sharing and analysis. That center became known as the Maryland Coordination and Analysis Center (MCAC).
Today, the Maryland Coordination and Analysis Center Combines the efforts of federal, state and local agencies to gather, analyze, and share intelligence information with law enforcement, public health, and emergency responder personnel.

Our Mission


The Maryland Coordination and Analysis Center (MCAC) was established as a model facility for the analysis and dissemination of information in statewide support of law enforcement, public health and welfare, public safety, and homeland security. It is one of the four components of the Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council of Maryland(ATAC).

Primary Function of MCAC

The United States faces terrorism and threats from within and outside our borders and communities. Fusion centers like MCAC offer analytical support to several agencies to aid their investigative and protective functions of agencies.

We efficiently disseminate threat information to national centers. These centers are the Counterterrorism Center (NCTC), Terrorist Screening Center (TSC), DHS National Operations Center (NOC), and the FBI's National Threat Operations Center (NTOC).

Our Contributions to Crime and Terrorism Analysis

MCAC also contributes to the Information Sharing Environment (ISE), which receives and analyzes threat information from the government. They share the information with local agencies and the public to gather leads and suspicious activity reporting (SAR)

MCAC is not an investigative body, though. We only serve as a focal point for critical communication and information sharing. Our goal is to have the national capacity to gather, process, analyze, and share information to protect the country.

Our Commitment to Protecting Civil Rights and Civil Liberties

We are committed to ensuring our work protects civil rights and civil liberties. For more information see the MCAC Privacy Policy link below. For questions regarding our policy email

What We Offer

  • Strategic analysis of terrorism and criminal threats
  • Investigative support to criminal investigations
  • Receiving tips, leads, and SARs from public safety and private sectors
  • Referring tips, leads, and SARs to investigative agencies
  • Providing training regarding and reporting suspicious activity
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