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.
NDIC supports national-level policymakers and the Intelligence Community by preparing strategic analytical studies on the trafficking of illegal drugs and on related illegal activities that pose a threat to the national security of the United States. In addition, NDIC partners with the Department of Homeland Security Office of Counternarcotics Enforcement to provide critical intelligence to identify, track, and sever the nexus between drug trafficking and terrorism. NDIC also produces strategic money laundering reports that help policymakers and senior law enforcement decisionmakers implement national-level anti-money laundering initiatives. NDIC reports address the methods wholesale-level traffickers use to launder drug proceeds. NDIC supports the National Money Laundering Threat Assessment and the National Money Laundering Strategy--interagency projects that enhance the nation's ability to counter international money laundering.
NDIC studies feature our ability to identify, collect, organize, and analyze large amounts of information and intelligence. To accomplish this, NDIC accesses commercial and governmental databases and uses available technology to search for and extract useful information. NDIC also uses technology developed in-house to reveal patterns in the information contained in records seized by law enforcement agencies during drug investigations and subsequent prosecutions.
The preparation of analytical studies would not be possible without securing the most basic of raw materials used in the analytical process--information. NDIC obtains information from a diverse array of activities that include directly surveying local and state law enforcement agencies; obtaining information from other federal law enforcement and intelligence agencies; and extracting information from documents and electronic media seized by law enforcement agencies and prosecutors. NDIC also uses open-source information from news providers and public health agencies.
NDIC supports the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), a component of the Executive Office of the President, by preparing assessments and providing briefs addressing drug issues of national concern. NDIC also provides analytical support to the ONDCP-designated Hight Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTAs) to assist the HIDTAs in preparing their regional drug threat assessments.
NDIC has prepared assessments, provided briefings, and conducted document and computer exploitation missions for the Director of National Intelligence, Department of Homeland Security, Department of State, FBI, DEA, U.S. Attorneys Offices, and U.S. Coast Guard
Our workforce includes analysts with extensive education, training, and experience. Our analysts represent diverse fields of study with a number having foreign language capabilities; most have at least a baccalaureate degree, and more than a quarter have advanced degrees.
On June 15, 2012, the National Drug Intelligence Center was closed.