Joint Intelligence Center CENTJIC - USCENTCOM
The Joint Intelligence Center CENTCOM [CENTJIC] provides direct intelligence support for all forces assigned to Commander in Chief, U. S. Central Command (CINCUSCENT). Serving as the Joint Intelligence Center to USCENTCOM, CENTJIC provides 24-hour all-source global intelligence to
USCINCCENTCOM, his staff, component commanders and operators. The CENTJIC operates a fusion center which conducts current situation analysis, collection management and long-range
assessments and threat estimates. CENTJIC is responsible for a variety of intelligence products and processes. Some are immediate while others require many months or even years to produce.
Fusion of all-source intelligence and defining analytical approaches allow CENTJIC to provide seamless, timely intelligence to USCENTCOM decision makers. CENTJIC personnel disseminate their products — briefings, annotated situation maps, installation descriptions, pictures, and threat projections — to command customers at all levels from the headquarters to deployed units
and ships at sea.
The National Military Strategy describes the JIC as "the principal element for ensuring effective intelligence support for combatant commanders in chiefs and theater forces." Secretary of Defense memorandum, 15 March 1991, "Strengthening Defense Intelligence," inter alia, established the JIC as the primary intelligence organization providing support to joint warfighting at all levels. The JIC concept fuses the main support capabilities of all Service, Combat Support Agency, and combat units into a one stop shopping center for intelligence support. The JIC is, by design, scalable and can expand to meet the needs of the Joint Force Commander. During noncrisis periods, JIC manning is normally retained at the minimum level required to perform essential functions such as I&W, current intelligence, collection
management, delegated general military intelligence production, and support to the commander. As crises develop, JICs at each echelon bring together personnel and equipment needed to manage intelligence support requirements.
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Created by John Pike
Maintained by Steven Aftergood
Updated Tuesday, November 11, 1997 7:52:38 PM