National Drug Intelligence Center
Definition/Scope: (DOJ) The National Drug Intelligence Center (NDIC) was established by the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 1993 (Public Law 102-396) signed into law on October 6, 1992. Placed under the direction and control of the Attorney General, NDIC was established to "coordinate and consolidate drug intelligence from all national security and law enforcement agencies, and produce information regarding the structure, membership, finances, communications, and activities of drug trafficking organizations." Initially staffed and administered by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), NDIC opened its doors in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, on August 9, 1993. In February 1998 NDIC became an independent component of the U.S. Department of Justice and now employs more than 315 federal employees and contract personnel. NDIC is headed by a Director, who is appointed by the U.S. Attorney General. The current Director of NDIC is Michael F. Walther. The mission of NDIC is to provide strategic drug-related intelligence, document and computer exploitation support, and training assistance to the drug control, public health, law enforcement, and intelligence communities of the United States in order to reduce the adverse effects of drug trafficking, drug abuse, and other drug-related criminal activity. OLD VERSION Component of the U.S. Department of Justice and a member of the Intelligence Community; the nation’s principal center for strategic domestic counterdrug intelligence.
Broader Terms:Department of Justice
Narrower Terms:drug cartel
Related Terms:counterdrug intelligence