Definition/Scope: (FM 3-28) The Attorney General of the United States has lead responsibility for criminal investigations of terrorist acts or terrorist threats by individuals or groups inside the United States. The Attorney General acts through the Federal Bureau of Investigation and cooperates with other federal departments and agencies engaged in activities to protect national security. The Attorney General and these departments and agencies coordinate the activities of other members of the law enforcement community to detect, prevent, preempt, and disrupt terrorist attacks against the United States. (FM 3-90.6) The Attorney General works through the FBI to cooperate with the heads of other Federal departments, agencies, and military criminal investigative organizations to coordinate domestic intelligence collection and the activities of the law enforcement community. The goals of these efforts are to detect, prevent, preempt, and disrupt terrorist attacks, and to identify the perpetrators and bring them to justice in the event of a terrorist incident. A BCT may be requested to support the FBI or other LEAs during the crisis management portion of a response. If there is a credible threat, a BCT may also be requested to support LEAs in a pre-positioning of forces. Specific rules on the use of force (RUF) must be established and approved for this type of support.
Broader Terms:court officials
Narrower Terms:general courts-martial
Related Terms:counterterrorism support