How We Work

How We Work

The core mission of the ODNI is to lead the IC in intelligence integration. Intelligence integration means synchronizing collection, analysis, and counterintelligence so that they are fused, effectively operating as one team. Our vision is a nation made more secure by a fully integrated, agile, resilient, and innovative Intelligence Community that exemplifies America’s values.


The Intelligence Community maintains several national centers that integrate and coordinate the activities of the entire IC, or in some cases, broader U.S. Government activities.  At ODNI these include the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC), the National Counterintelligence and Security Center (NCSC), the National Counterproliferation and Biosecurity Center (NCBC), the Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center (CTIIC) and the Foreign Malign Influence Center (FMIC). 


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Many other agencies also have internal mission centers that integrate and coordinate their agency’s efforts in a certain mission area, such as CIA’s Counterterrorism Mission Center and DIA’s regional centers.


Our success as a Community is measured as much by our defense of America’s values as it is by the execution of our intelligence mission.


IC elements support policymakers in civilian departments, the U.S. military, Congress, and tribal/local/state governments. The breadth and scope of products and other support to customers vary greatly.

A number of policymaking departments have embedded intelligence organizations that provide direct and tailored support: the Department of State, the Department of the Treasury, the Department of Energy, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Justice, and the Department of Defense.

The Department of Defense oversees multiple IC organizations, such as the Defense Intelligence Agency, the National Security Agency, the National Reconnaissance Organization, and the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency. The military services each have intelligence organizations that provide tailored support.

Only CIA and the ODNI do not report to a policy department and as such provide the broadest support to decision makers across the national security enterprise.