Marine Corps Intelligence Activity

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The Marine Corps Intelligence Activity (MCIA), is a field activity headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps, and a member of both the Defense Intelligence Agency and the United States Intelligence Community. The MCIA describes itself as: "a vital part of military intelligence 'corporate enterprise,' and functions in a collegial, effective manner with other service agencies and with the joint intelligence centers of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Unified Commands."

The Marine Corps Intelligence Activity mission is to provide intelligence services to the Marine Corps and the U.S. Intelligence Community. These services are based on expeditionary mission profiles in littoral areas. It supports the development of service doctrine, force structure, training and education, and acquisition.

MCIA determines what missions the Corps needs to carry out as well as who will need to be trained for that mission. MCIA is in partnership with the Office of Naval Intelligence and Office of Coast Guard Intelligence in the National Maritime Intelligence-Integration Office and at Marine Corps Base Quantico in Quantico, Virginia.

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MCIA was reorganized as a command on July 31, 2002 by General James L. Jones, USMC Commandant of the Marine Corps via this message:

R 311433Z JUL 02

FM CMC WASHINGTON DC//I//

UNCLAS

MSGID/GENADMIN/CMC WASHINGTON DC I//

SUBJ/REORGANIZATION OF THE MARINE CORPS INTELLIGENCE ACTIVITY (MCIA)//

RMKS/1. SITUATION. DUE TO THE EMERGING THREATS TO MARINE OPERATING FORCES SERVING IN THE WAR ON TERRORISM AND THE WAR'S HEAVY RELIANCE ON INTELLIGENCE, I AM DIRECTING A REORGANIZATION OF THE MARINE CORPS' SERVICE-LEVEL INTELLIGENCE ORGANIZATIONS AND MARINE DETACHMENTS IN NATIONAL AND JOINT INTELLIGENCE ACTIVITIES. THE SUCCESS OF MCIA AND MARINE SUPPORT BATTALION (MARSPTBN) PROVIDING INTELLIGENCE SUPPORT TO FORWARD DEPLOYED MARINE FORCES AND THEIR INTEGRATION WITH JOINT INTELLIGENCE CENTERS, REGIONAL SECURITY OPERATIONS CENTERS, AND COMBAT SUPPORT AGENCIES HAS SET A NEW STANDARD FOR FEDERATED INTELLIGENCE SUPPORT. TO FURTHER ENHANCE SUPPORT TO THE OPERATING FORCES, A NEW INTELLIGENCE STRUCTURE, LEVERAGING EXISTING BILLETS, WILL BE ESTABLISHED UNDER THE DIRECTOR OF INTELLIGENCE (DIRINT).

2. MISSION. THE MARINE CORPS INTELLIGENCE RESOURCES IN MCIA AND THOSE MARINES IN THE JOINT MILITARY INTELLIGENCE PROGRAM (JMIP) AND NATIONAL FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE PROGRAM (NFIP) WILL BE INTEGRATED USING THE INNOVATIVE FOURTH MEB(AT) MODEL. THE RESULTING STRUCTURE WILL LEVERAGE ADDITIONAL JOINT AND NATIONAL BILLETS, EFFECTIVELY QUADRUPLING MCIA'S SIZE TO OVER 1,000 MARINES, CIVILIAN MARINES, AND CONTRACTORS WORKING AS A VIRTUAL TEAM IN SUPPORT OF MARINE CORPS WARFIGHTING AND COMBAT DEVELOPMENT INTELLIGENCE REQUIREMENTS.

3. EXECUTION. CO, MCIA WILL HAVE ADMINISTRATIVE CONTROL OF ALL MARINE CORPS JMIP AND NFIP MARINES, PROVIDING A SINGLE FOCAL POINT FOR REACHBACK SUPPORT IN ORDER TO LINK WORLDWIDE RESOURCES. EXISTING AGREEMENTS AND OPERATIONAL RELATIONSHIPS WITH NATIONAL/JOINT AGENCIES WILL BE RETAINED WHILE PROVIDING BETTER MARINE CORPS ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE AND CRITICAL FOCUS ON MARINE EXPEDITIONARY MANEUVER WARFARE REQUIREMENTS. INFORMATION EXCHANGE, VIRTUAL TEAMING, AND THE ROLE OF MCIA IN PROVIDING LEADERSHIP AND OVERSIGHT FOR NFIP AND JMIP MARINES WILL BE THE INITIAL GOALS. OPPORTUNITIES FOR IMPROVEMENT WILL BE IDENTIFIED OVER THE NEXT YEAR AND IMPLEMENTED GRADUALLY TO ENSURE NO DISRUPTION TO WARFIGHTER SUPPORT.

4. ADMINISTRATION. SPECIFIC INFORMATION ON TIMELINE FOR IMPLEMENTATION AND DETAILED STRUCTURE WILL BE PROMULGATED VIA SEPCOR BY DIRINT.

A. EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY MARSPTBN IS RENAMED AS MARINE CRYPTOLOGIC SUPPORT BATTALION AND ITS ADMINISTRATIVE RESUBORDINATION TO MCIA.

B. A CI/HUMINT COMPANY WILL BE FORMED UNDER MCIA TO PROVIDE ADMINISTRATIVE CONTROL OF THOSE MARINES IN THE DEFENSE HUMINT SERVICE AND THOSE SERVING IN FCIP-FUNDED BILLETS.

C. DIRINT WILL CONDUCT A REVIEW OF THE CURRENT ADMIN CONTROL AND SUPPORT RELATIONSHIPS OF MARINES IN NFIP AND JMIP AND WILL MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR ADJUSTMENTS TO CG MCCDC AND DC M&RA. MAJOR CHANGES CAN BE EXPECTED IN THE AUG 03 TROOPLIST.

5. COMMAND AND CONTROL. MCIA WILL REMAIN A FIELD ACTIVITY OF THE DIRECTOR OF INTELLIGENCE (DIRINT).

6. SEMPER FIDELIS, J. L. JONES, USMC, COMMANDANT OF THE MARINE CORPS// BT

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