Annual Conference

Please note, the NFCA will not be hosting an Annual Training Event in the Fall, so don’t miss out this year! Register for the April Event!

Dear NFCA Partner,

The National Fusion Center Association (NFCA) is pleased to announce that registration is open for its upcoming 2022 Annual Training Event, to be held April 12-14, 2022, in Alexandria, Virginia.

The Annual Training Event in April is shaping up to be a tremendous occasion with outstanding sessions for attendees to learn best practices from their colleagues throughout the Network. The NFCA has been especially pleased with the quality of presentation submissions for this year’s conference, and attendees with be equally pleased with the wide array of thought-provoking topics.

If you previously registered for the October 2021 Conference, and transferred your registration to the April event, you will be receiving a separate confirmation email shortly. Additionally, if your fusion center made a bulk registration and you would like to make changes to who you will be sending, please email Josh Ledden at jledden@bbm-dc.com.

We have received several inquiries on the status of the conference due to concerns over the rise of the COVID 19. The NFCA is continuing to move forward with the in-person conference as scheduled. We will be following the City of Alexandria, VA, and Hilton Mark Center COVID procedures at the time of the conference to keep everyone’s safety as the top priority. To find the most current information regarding COVID recommendations in the City of Alexandria, visit: https://www.alexandriava.gov/Coronavirus. Should the status of the conference change, we will notify the Network as soon as possible.

In the meantime, we encourage those who are planning to attend the conference to complete their conference registration and make their hotel arrangements by following the links below.

Event Dates & Agenda

Directors Day – April 11, 2022

8:30 AM – 5:00 PM EST

Analyst Summit – April 11, 2022

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM EST

Training Event – April 12 – 14, 2022

8:30 AM – 5:00 PM EST

Download the Draft Strawman Agenda HERE.

(A more detailed draft agenda will be released in the coming weeks.)

Registration & Hotel Information

  • NFCA Training Event registration is now open! The NFCA invites fusion center personnel, state, local, tribal, territorial, and federal law enforcement; intelligence enterprise stakeholders; and government and association colleagues to register at the special partner rate of $395 per person. Register for the conference here: https://cvent.me/YPMlw5.
  • Fusion Center Directors – We are pleased to offer fusion center directors a complimentary registration. Please note, this offer is for the fusion center director only. When completing your registration, enter the discount code “Director2022” on the payment page.
  • Hotel Reservations – The NFCA room block at the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center is now SOLD OUT. We recommend attendees book at the Courtyard by Marriot Alexandria Pentagon South.
    • 4641 Kenmore Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22304
    • Hotel Phone Number- 703-751-4510
    • Make a Reservation Here.
  • Do you work with a valued industry partner? Encourage them to support the NFCA Training Event! This is a great chance for companies to not only share innovative solutions, but also to participate as attendees, taking advantage of the wide range of presentations and networking sessions. For more information on our sponsorship program, please visit our website here.

COVID-19 Protocols

  • The National Fusion Center Association encourages all attendees to be vaccinated. If you are not fully vaccinated, attendees are encouraged to wear a mask at all times. We ask attendees to follow CDC and Virginia guidelines, and if you are experiencing a fever, cough, body aches or any of the symptoms associated with COVID-19, we kindly request you do not attend the event. Should this policy be updated due to changing conditions, we will notify attendees and visibly post the updated policy at the conference. Further information can be found on the Conference Registration Page.

If you have questions about the NFCA or the 2021 Annual Training Event, please do not hesitate to reach out by emailing info@nfcausa.org.

In closing, please accept the Association’s sincere thanks for your dedication to protecting, serving, and safeguarding our Nation.

2020 CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHTS

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the  National Fusion Center Association held its annual conference virtually. Despite this new and unique conference environment, we were thrilled with the outcome. The 2020 Conference brought together a broader audience than ever before of fusion center personnel, federal and local partners and valued corporate sponsors to share innovative ideas and business practices to enhance fusion center capabilities and the National Networks contribution to public safety. The event comprised of three days of keynote speakers, breakout training sessions on topics related to current public safety challenges and the current national threat picture, our annual awards ceremony, and opportunities to network with our private sector partners.

Our keynote speakers included FBI director Christopher Wray, Former Acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf, Deputy Director Office of National Intelligence Dustin-Gard Weiss, Former Assistant Secretary for Counterterrorism and Threat Prevention Meghann Peterlin,  Georgetown Law Professor Mary McCord, and current Counter Terrorism Coordinator and Assistant Secretary for Counter Terrorism and Threat Prevention John Cohen.

Each year during the Annual Training Event, the NFCA honors the sacrifice, and professional excellence of fusion centers and individuals dedicated to protecting the nation.

We are proud to announce the following winners of the 2020 NFCA Awards. Congratulations!

Excellence in the Field of Maritime Domain Awareness Award- Craig Buehler, Northern California Regional Intelligence Center

Terrorist Screening Center Award- New York State Intelligence Center

Privacy Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties Award- Jeffrey Dambly, Florida Fusion Center ; Heather Frient, Statewide Terrorism Analysis & Crime Center

HSIN Intel Award- DHS I&A Field Operations and Partner Engagement; Northern California Regional Intelligence Center-Threat to Life Team

David Sobczyk National SAR Initiative Award-California State Assessment Center

Fusion Center Analyst of the Year-Jane Chung, Joint Regional Intelligence Center- Tactical Analysis Unit

Michael Schooler Critical Infrastructure Award- Marisa Brusuelas, Texas Fusion Center

Excellence in the Field of Cyber- Corey Hovak, New York State Intelligence Center

Fusion Center Employee of the Year- Karissa Lynn Garrison, Tennessee Fusion Center

Excellence in the Field of Outreach Award- Steve Kempinski, New Jersey Regional Operations & Intelligence Center; Brian Kruzel, New Jersey Regional Operations & Intelligence Center

Excellence in the Field of Collaboration Award- Jared Bostic, Alabama Fusion Center; Nick Gray, Illinois

Statewide Terrorism and Intelligence Center; Ryan Walsh, Boston Regional Intelligence Center

Fusion Center Director of the Year- Ryan Carmichael, Georgia Information Sharing and Analysis Center

Fusion Center of the Year- Alabama Fusion Center, Georgia Information and Analysis Center

Thomas J. O’Reilly Lifetime Achievement Award- Ron Brooks, Brooks Bawden Moore, LLC.

Thank you to everyone who attended the 2020 conference and who provided critical feedback that will shape future conference decisions. We were delighted to receive such positive reviews and are thankful to have been able to host this event for our members who have often been working remotely and juggling difficult family, health, and work environments from this challenging year.

The Executive Board has already begun planning for the 2021 National Conference. It is our hope that we can invite everyone, once again, to join us in person in Alexandria, Virginia this fall. We are encouraging all members, partners, and sponsors to provide their opinion on how best to accommodate conference goers in 2021. Please send any questions, comments, or concerns to info@nfcausa.org.

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