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This is ONI

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




ONI is headquartered in Suitland, MD, and is collocated with its four Centers of Excellence. The facility features a 24/7 Global Maritime Collaboration Center, world class science and engineering laboratories and an information technology center.




ONI collects, analyzes and produces relevant maritime intelligence and disseminates that intelligence rapidly to strategic, operational and tactical decision makers to meet Navy, DoD and national requirements.



ONI employs more than 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 an 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, national decision makers, the Navy acquisition community, national Intelligence Community organizations, law enforcement agencies, and foreign and coalition partners.


Production Authorities


  • Worldwide scientific and technical developments
  • Military Research, Development, Testing and Evaluation
  • 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, C4ISR and cyber capabilities. It's aligned to enable the swift delivery of critical intelligence to a broad range of customers.

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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 to enable operational commanders and national policy makers to employ the right forces, in the right place at the right time.




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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 enable U.S. planning and research and help guide future defense acquisitions.





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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.





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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.






As America's oldest intelligence agency, the Office of Naval Intelligence has continually refined its core strengths. Always adapting to new global challenges, ONI's structure and mission reflects the importance of intelligence to current U.S. Navy operations and to development of the future Navy.

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