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FACTSHEET | May 28, 2020

Office of Naval Intelligence Fact Sheet

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This is ONI
The Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) is the leading provider of global maritime intelligence for the U.S. Navy and other national Intelligence Community organizations. Established in 1882, ONI specializes in the collection, analysis, production and dissemination of vital, timely and accurate scientific, technical, geopolitical and military intelligence information to key consumers worldwide.


ONI is headquartered in Suitland, MD, and is collocated with its Centers of Excellence. Each center is a distinct Command with well-defined areas of responsibility and deep reservoirs of expertise. The facility features a 24/7 Global Maritime Collaboration Center, world class science and engineering laboratories and an information technology center.


ONI is chartered to provide products and services to meet Navy, DoD and national maritime intelligence requirements. ONI and its Centers of Excellence work synergistically to produce meaningful maritime intelligence and disseminate that intelligence rapidly to key strategic, operational and tactical decision makers.


ONI employs approximately 3,000 military, civilian, mobilized reservists and contractor personnel worldwide, including analysts, scientists, engineers, specialists and technicians. It also has the support of more than 800 Navy reservists providing the equivalent of 90+ man-years of production during weekend drill and active duty periods.


Customers & Tasking
ONI supports a broad range of customers worldwide, including Fleet commanders, operators and analysts, warfighters, the Navy acquisition community, national Intelligence Community organizations, law enforcement agencies, and foreign and coalition partners.


Production Authorities
ONI is required by U.S. Code (Title 50), Executive Order 12333 and as specified by SECDEF to perform analysis and production of the following:

  • Worldwide scientific and technical developments
  • Military RDT&E
  • Military production and proliferation
  • Military systems characteristics and performance
  • Foreign naval forces leadership, organization, strategy, doctrine, tactics, techniques, procedures and readiness
  • Identification and tracking of merchant shipping

ONI's organizational structure is designed to strengthen the Navy's conventional and irregular war fighting capacities, and to expand our foresight into new technologies, future platforms, weapons, sensors. C41SR and cyber capabilities. It's aligned to enable the swift delivery of critical intelligence to ONI's customers in the fleet: research, development and acquisition: irregular warfare and national Intelligence Community.


As America's oldest continuously serving intelligence agency, the Office of Naval Intelligence has refined its core strengths over history of more than 135 years. Always adapting to new global challenges, ONI's structure and mission reflect the importance of intelligence to current U.S. Navy operations and to development of the future Navy.


Nimitz Operational Intelligence Center
The Nimitz Center is the Navy's preeminent Center of Excellence for operational and
strategic analysis of events associated with the maritime domain. The center provides deep penetrating and predictive term intelligence so that operational commanders and national policy makers CAN employ the right forces, in the right place at the right time.


Farragut Technical Analysis Center
The Farragut Center anticipates and analyzes rapidly accelerating foreign scientific and technological research, development, and proliferation with the goal of preventing technological surprise. Its intelligence products assist U.S. planning and research and help guide future defense acquisitions.


Kennedy Irregular Warfare Center
The Kennedy Center delivers robust analytical and operational support capabilities to Naval Special Warfare (NSW) and Navy Expeditionary Combat Command (NECC) forces engaged globally. State-of-the-Art all-source reachback capabilities and forward-deploying services support the operational requirements of irregular warfare.


Hopper Information Services Center
The Hopper Center delivers responsive, reliable, and adaptable intelligence mission systems, applications, and services support for sustained global maritime and joint intelligence operations.



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