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This Universe
Broyles adressing the team after Olivia's abduction in Bound

  The Science Team is part of this multi-agency task force (Pilot) under the umbrella of the Department of Homeland Security. The task force, staffed by at least two dozen, mostly FBI, agents, is led by Phillip Broyles. Its' mission is investigating the growing number of science-related crimes and oddities affecting the planet.
  FBI Agent Charlie Francis plays an important role in the command structure of the Division. After Olivia's abduction (Bound), Broyles informs his staff that Francis is second-in-command.
  During Peter's brief glimpse (The Day We Died) into the elite unit's future in 2026, the Division is much better funded and manned in the aftermath of the war between the universes. Olivia heads the Division (SAIC) and a grown Ella has just begun her first duty assignment there as a Junior Agent.
  In the adjusted future, following the Observer's invasion (Letters Of Transit) and subsequent Purge, the unit is relegated to menial tasking under their new oppressors - that of attending to 'native-on-native' criminal acts and casework.

Parallel Universe
Parallel Fringe Division?

  In the alternate universe it is a fully funded military branch of the Department of Defense and is tasked with responding to devastating rifts in the fabric between the universes.
  Olivia envisions a "Situation Room" (The Road Not Taken) in the parallel universe Federal Building in Boston. She bumps into a fellow agent and has a conversation with a scarred face Charlie. →
  Believing that their universe is under deliberate attack by this one, Fringe Division is a Branch of the Department of Defense (Over There, Part 1) and not aligned under the Department of Justice or Homeland Security.
  In the adjusted future, following the Observer's invasion in this universe, the Division, still on Liberty Island and at their Manhatan HQ, appears to be continuing on in a dimished status quo with considerably less mission activity. (An Enemy Of Fate). Agents Dunham and Lee still work there, but have been unaffected by Observer activity following the deactivation of the bridge between the universes decades earlier. When Olivia shows-up with Michael, in evasion mode, Observers flood into the facility and Fringe Division becomes a shooting gallery during their escape back to this universe.

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  • Does the Oversight Committee in our universe manage only this assembled talent, or do they oversee other Divisions?
  • Why did it take the Division so long to be appropriately funded by the Oversight Committee given the obvious nature of the threat and with the clear support of congressional ally Senator James Van Horn ?

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