Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI)

The ODNI was created by statute in 2004 to oversee the Intelligence Community (IC), currently consisting of 17 agencies. The DNI serves as the President's principal advisor on intelligence and to improve information sharing and integration across the IC.

The ODNI has an established Civil Liberties and Privacy Office (CLPO) to ensure privacy and civil liberties are an integral part of the intelligence mission. The Information Sharing Environment is under the governance of the ODNI. For more general information about the IC, see the ODNI's overview of U.S. National Intelligence (103pp | 9.5mb | PDF).

National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC)

NCTC serves as the primary organization in the U.S. government for integrating and analyzing all intelligence pertaining to terrorism possessed or acquired by the U.S. government (except purely domestic terrorism); serves as the central and shared knowledge bank on terrorism information; provides all-source intelligence support to government-wide counterterrorism activities; establishes the information technology (IT) systems and architectures within the NCTC and between the NCTC and other agencies that enable access to, as well as integration, dissemination, and use of, terrorism information.

For an understanding of the efforts to which NCTC goes to protect privacy and civil liberties, see an informational paper about protections in the NCTC Guidelines (12pp | 251kb | PDF).

Joint Counterterrorism Assessment Team (JCAT) Formerly ITACG

JCAT builds upon the mission and successes of the Interagency Threat Assessment and Coordination Group (ITACG) which was established in 2007 based on recommendations of the 9 /11 Commission. The Joint Counterterrorism Assessment Team (JCAT), consists of federal intelligence analysts, and state, local, and tribal public safety personnel, working at the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) to enhance the sharing of intelligence with our state, local, tribal, and private sector partners through established mechanisms within DHS and FBI.

In coordination with other federal intelligence agencies, JCAT collaborates with other members of the IC to research, produce, and disseminate counterterrorism intelligence products. JCAT also advocates for the counterterrorism intelligence requirements and needs of these partners throughout the IC.

Roles and Responsibilities

The mission of the Joint Counterterrorism Assessment Team (JCAT) is to improve information sharing and enhance public safety. In coordination with the intelligence elements of the FBI and DHS, JCAT will collaborate with other members of the Intelligence Community to research, produce, and disseminate counterterrorism intelligence products for federal, state, local, and tribal government agencies and the private sector and advocate for the counterterrorism intelligence requirements and needs of these partners throughout the Intelligence Community.

Lines of effort:

  • Intelligence Review and Collaborative Production
  • Partner Liaison and Outreach
  • Intelligence Community Education

The roles and responsibilities of JCAT are focused on complementing and supplementing the existing analytic, production, and dissemination efforts by federal entities. Working within the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) affords the JCAT direct access to experts from throughout the Intelligence Community (IC) as well as other collocated organizations such as the National Joint Terrorism Task Force (NJTTF).

The JCAT does this by:

  • Working with analysts to create products for State, Local, Tribal and Territorial (SLTT) agencies and private sector partners."
  • Providing the perspective of SLTT agencies and private sector partners to draft intelligence products.
  • Requesting classification downgrades for terrorism-related products suitable for public safety personnel.
  • Helping to get appropriately classified information to SLTT agency and private sector partner "boots on the ground".
  • Facilitating briefing opportunities for analysts to interact with SLTT agency and private sector partners.

ITACG released an intelligence guide for first responders (140 pp. 3.68 MB PDF) useful for fusion center personnel.

Source: The DHS Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties and the DHS Privacy Office.
Last date page updated: 9/23/13 (CRCL)

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