Chidambaram who stated that one of his first tasks was to establish a strong federal counter terror agency that could co-ordinate with the states effectively by integrating intelligence inputs from the states. It was in this context that the NCTC was mooted as an apex body, a single and effective point of control for all counter terrorism measures.
Yet we have mobilized to win other long wars, and we can and will win this one. During the Cold War we created an array of domestic and international institutions and enduring partnerships to defeat the threat of communism. Today, we require similar transformational structures to carry forward the fight against terror and to help ensure our ultimate success: Establish and maintain international standards of accountability.
States that have sovereign rights also have sovereign responsibilities, including the responsibility to combat terrorism.
The international community has developed a compelling body of international obligations relating to counterterrorism. Twelve universal conventions and protocols in force against terrorism have been developed under the auspices of the United Nations as well as various U.
Security Council Resolutions related to combating terror. These include UNSCRwhich imposes binding obligations on all states to suppress and prevent terrorist financing, improve their border controls, enhance information sharing and law enforcement cooperation, suppress the recruitment of terrorists, and deny them sanctuary.
The Group of Eight G-8 along with other multilateral and regional bodies also have been instrumental in developing landmark counterterrorism standards and best practices that have been adopted by international standard-setting organizations.
But our obligations are not static. We will collaborate with our partners to update and tailor international obligations to meet the evolving nature of the terrorist enemies and threats we face.
We also will work to ensure that each country is both willing and able to meet its counterterrorist responsibilities. Finally, we will not just continually monitor whether we and the community of nations are meeting these standards but will evaluate if we are achieving results both individually and collectively.
Strengthen coalitions and partnerships. Since September 11, most of our important successes against al-Qaida and other terrorist organizations have been made possible through effective partnerships.
Continued success depends on the actions of a powerful coalition of nations maintaining a united front against terror. We will ensure that such international cooperation is an enduring feature of the long war we will fight.
We will continue to leverage the comparative advantage of these institutions and organizations — drawing on what each does best in counterterrorism, from setting standards to developing regional strategies to providing forums for training and education.
Indeed, a significant part of this effort includes expanding partnership capacity. We are building the capacity of foreign partners in all areas of counterterrorism activities, including strengthening their ability to conduct law enforcement, intelligence, and military counterterrorism operations.
Through the provision of training, equipment, and other assistance, the United States, along with a coalition of willing and able states and organizations, will enhance the ability of partners across the globe to attack and defeat terrorists, deny them funding and freedom of movement, secure their critical infrastructures, and deny terrorists access to WMD and safehavens.
Ultimately, it will be essential for our partners to come together to facilitate appropriate international, regional, and local solutions to the challenges of terrorism.
Enhance government architecture and interagency collaboration. In the aftermath of September 11, we have enhanced our counterterrorism architecture and interagency collaboration by setting clear national priorities and transforming the government to achieve those priorities.
We have reorganized the Intelligence Community. The Director of National Intelligence DNI was created to better integrate the efforts of the Community into a more unified, coordinated, and effective whole. The DNI also launched a new Open Source Center to coordinate open source intelligence and ensure this information is integrated into Intelligence Community products.
In addition, a National Counterterrorism Center NCTC was established to serve as a multi-agency center analyzing and integrating all intelligence pertaining to terrorism, including threats to U.
NCTC also is responsible for developing, implementing, and assessing the effectiveness of strategic operational planning efforts to achieve counterterrorism objectives.
We similarly established a National Counterproliferation Center to manage and coordinate planning and activities in those areas. The transformation extends to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which, with the help of legislation such as the USA PATRIOT Act, is now more fully integrated with the Intelligence Community, has refocused its efforts on preventing terrorism, and has been provided important tools to pursue this mission.Overview of NCTC's Data Access as Authorized by the Attorney General Guidelines Background The National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) is the primary organization in the United States Government for analyzing and integrating all intelligence possessed or acquired by the United States Government pertaining to terrorism and counterterrorism (National Security Act .
A second panel, including former Acting Director of Central Intelligence John McLaughlin and National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) Director Nick Rasmussen, addressed the challenge of sustaining core competence or "Answering Questions U.S.
Intelligence Cannot Get Wrong". The Director of NCTC reports to the President on joint counterterrorism operations, and to the Director of National Intelligence on the activities of its Directorate of Intelligence, and on budgetary and programmatic issues.
While some government agencies—like the FBI and the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC)—will continue to primarily focus on terrorism, other government assets will shift focus to near-peer competitors.
2) U.S. forces are engaged in counterterrorism activities in 76 countries. Oct 01, · The National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) is a United States government organization responsible for national and international counterterrorism efforts. It is based in a modern complex in McLean, Virginia, called Liberty Crossing near Tysons Corner.
The National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) serves a unique and critical role within the Intelligence Community (IC) and the Homeland Security apparatus, a role that is clearly articulated in law and is paramount to the U.S. government’s ability to counter terrorism.