LEIU Board Members and Member Agencies Make Commitments and Provide Leadership to the Joint Counterterrorism Assessment Team (JCAT)

November 16, 2015

The National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) was established by Presidential Executive Order 13354 in August 2004, and codified by the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 (IRTPA). NCTC implements a key recommendation of the 9/11 Commission: "Breaking the older mold of national government organizations, this NCTC should be a center for joint operational planning and joint intelligence, staffed by personnel from the various agencies." 1 The Director of NCTC has 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 personnel from multiple departments and agencies from across the Intelligence Community. NCTC is organizationally part of the ODNI. NCTC’s core missions are derived primarily from IRTPA, as supplemented by other laws, Executive Orders, and Intelligence Community Directives. 2 NCTC’s mission statement succinctly summarizes its key responsibilities and value-added contributions. As a part of the NCTC is the Joint Counterterrorism Assessment Team (JCAT).

How We Work For You

JCAT members are state, local, tribal, and territorial first-responders and public safety professionals from around the country, working side-by-side with federal intelligence analysts from the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to research, produce, and disseminate counterterrorism intelligence for you.

What We Do For You

JCAT Fellows work at the National Counterterrorism Center under NCTC leadership alongside NCTC, FBI, and DHS analysts and support staff.

     • Produce clear, relevant federally-coordinated threat information on significant international terrorism or terrorism-related events that have the potential to impact local or regional public safety conditions in the United States.

     • Ensure terrorism-related information intended for state, local, tribal, and territorial (SLTT) entities is presented in a usable format that is, to the extent possible, unclassified, to facilitate further dissemination.

     • Advise and make recommendations to the Intelligence Community on how to tailor its products to satisfy the needs of SLTT consumers of intelligence.

     • Conduct outreach to the Intelligence Community and strengthen partnerships with SLTT partners to further enhance the awareness and understanding of the SLTT role in counterterrorism.

     • Maintain a working knowledge of relevant terrorism, homeland security, and weapons of mass destruction issues. The mission of the Joint Counterterrorism Assessment Team (JCAT) is to improve information sharing and enhance public safety. In coordination with the FBI and DHS, JCAT collaborates with other members of the Intelligence Community to research, produce, and disseminate counterterrorism intelligence products for federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government (SLTT) agencies and the private sector and advocates for the counterterrorism intelligence requirements and needs of these partners throughout the Intelligence Community. Numerous members of the JCAT detail have been from LEIU member agencies. LEIU salutes all of the individuals and member agencies for their commitment and service to protecting our communities, our states, and our nation through effective criminal intelligence practices.

 For more information on the JCAT Detail Fellowship, visit http://www.nctc.gov/jcat.html