Advance maritime intelligence integration, information sharing, and domain awareness to foster unity of effort for decision
advantage that protects the United States, its allies, and partners against threats in or emanating from the global maritime domain.
NMIO’s establishment was based on the foundational guidance of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (9/11 Commission), and on related Presidential directives, national strategies, and plans focused on maritime security. Achievement of those objectives is contingent upon efficient and effective nationwide intelligence integration and information sharing in order to “connect the dots in advance” and anticipate threats in or emanating from the maritime domain before they materialize. That requires a collaborative effort from federal, state, local, tribal and territorial governments; the private sector; academia; and our foreign partners. NMIO works at the national level (beyond departmental encumbrances) to leverage and marshal those partnerships against shared challenges.
Our aim is to create unity of effort within and external to government that produces a decisive intelligence advantage to prevent hostile and illegal threats to our people, economy and our interests abroad. Threat categories include:
- Terrorism; Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) proliferation; cyber-attack; global supply chain disruption, etc.
- Anti-ship ballistic missiles; cruise missiles, torpedoes, mines, etc.
‧ Criminal / Illicit Activities
- Maritime piracy; narcotics and contraband smuggling; human trafficking; illegal exploitation of marine resources, etc.
‧ Environmental Destruction
- Toxic waste; illegal dumping; overfishing, etc.
The National Maritime Intelligence Center (NMIC) Facility
The National Maritime Intelligence Center (NMIC) is a U.S. Government facility located in Suitland, Maryland on the grounds of the Suitland Federal Center. NMIC houses tenant commands which include the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI), the U.S. Coast Guard Intelligence Coordination Center (ICC), and our National Maritime Intelligence-Integration Office interagency staff.