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Office of Naval Intelligence Begins Historic Transformation

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Story Number: NNS090227-24
Release Date: 2/27/2009 2:57:00 PM

From Office of Naval Intelligence

SUITLAND, Md (NNS) -- The Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) is embarking on a transformation to align its resources and analytical expertise to meet the evolving requirements of the naval operations, planning and acquisition communities at Suitland, Md., Feb. 27.

The restructuring is designed to strengthen the Navy's conventional and irregular warfighting capacities, and expand our foresight into new technologies, future platforms, weapons, sensors, C4ISR and cyber capabilities. It will also ensure the swift delivery of critical intelligence to ONI's customers in the fleet, research, development and acquisition, and national intelligence communities.

This transformation reflects the importance of intelligence to current Navy operations and to the development of the future Navy. It is intended to achieve information dominance and decision superiority in the 21st century.

"The Navy recognizes intelligence as a core warfighting capability. It has become a key driver in the decision making of Navy leaders at all levels. Informing that decision-making process is what ONI is all about," said Commander Office of Naval Intelligence Capt. J. Todd Ross.

Speed and agility will be the hallmarks of the new ONI. The command will become a transparent organization, offering multiple, clear and simple channels of access to the expertise in ONI.

The transformation establishes four Centers of Excellence as distinct echelon III commands, each with well defined areas of responsibility and deep reservoirs of expertise. Each center will focus on generating and delivering penetrating knowledge that meets current and future requirements.

The Nimitz Operational Intelligence Center will exercise overall responsibility for Global Maritime Intelligence Integration (GMII), and ensure the production of timely, relevant and predictive intelligence to all fleet elements, including Maritime Headquarters with Maritime Operational Centers.

To prevent technological surprise, the Farragut Technical Analysis Center will anticipate and analyze rapidly accelerating foreign scientific and technological research, development and proliferation. Its intelligence products will enable U.S. planning and research, and help guide future defense acquisitions.

The Kennedy Irregular Warfare Center will meet the growing demand for tailored reachback and forward-deployed services to Navy Special Warfare and Navy
Expeditionary Combat Command forces engaged globally, whose missions will expand significantly in years ahead.

The Hopper Information Services Center will provide ONI's mission related technology and ensure the rapid and reliable delivery of ONI's intelligence products to
customers worldwide.

"The Navy is responding to our information-intensive world by embracing information dominance," said Ross. "ONI is at the heart of this effort because
term analysis produces a penetrating understanding of our potential adversaries, which is the cornerstone of information dominance."

The physical expansion of the National Maritime Intelligence Center, to be completed in 2010, will enhance ONI's mission capabilities.

As America's longest continuously serving intelligence agency, the Office of Naval Intelligence has refined its core strengths over a history of more than 126 years. Always adapting to new global challenges, ONI has carried out five major transformations over that time. Once again, the Office of Naval Intelligence is embarking on an historic endeavor that will ensure its status as the source of highest quality intelligence.

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