What is NCTC?

The National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) is a United Statesgovernment organization responsible for national and internationalcounterterrorism efforts. It is based in a modern complex in McLean, Virginia called Liberty Crossing,near Tysons Corner. NCTCadvises the United States on terrorism. NCTC’s Counterterrorism Centerprovides information on known terrorist groups, individual terrorists, and technical information on topics such as biological and chemical threats.
The Director of NCTC is a Deputy Secretary-equivalent with a unique, dual line of reporting: (1) to the President regarding Executive branch-wide counterterrorism planning, and (2) to the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) regarding intelligence matters. NCTC follows the policy direction of the President, and National and Homeland Security Councils. NCTC is staffed by more than 500 personnel from more than 16 departments and agencies (approximately 60 percent of whom are detailed to NCTC). NCTC is organizationally part of the ODNI.

The role of NCTC: The role of the NCTC is to put to rest all possible confusion regarding intelligence sharing. It would be a hub where intelligence is analysed and a decision would be taken on whether it would be actionable or not. The basic idea is to prevent confusion regarding intelligence inputs and also ensure that none of the police forces from the states enter into a blame game regarding intelligence sharing as one got to see during the 26/11 attacks in Mumbai.

The center analyzes terrorism intelligence (except purely domestic terrorism); stores terrorism information; supports U.S. counterterrorism activities using information technology (IT); and plans counter-terrorism activities as directed by the President of the United States, the National Security Council, and the Homeland Security Council. 
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