The ODNI is staffed by officers from across the IC and is organized into component offices. These offices fall under three main areas of focus in support of the DNI’s role as head of the IC and manager of the National Intelligence Program (NIP): Core Mission, Enablers, and Oversight. Internal staff offices execute the administrative functions of the ODNI, including management of the ODNI Program within the NIP: contracting, IT, facilities, security and human resources.

Core Mission

The mission of the ODNI is to lead intelligence integration and forge an IC that delivers the most timely, accurate, and insightful intelligence possible. The Deputy Director National Intelligence/ Intelligence Integration (DDNI/II) leads the ODNI’s integration efforts through its President’s Daily Briefing Staff, National Intelligence Council, National Intelligence Management Council, and Mission Integration Division.


The National Intelligence Council provides senior policymakers with the views of the entire IC and serving as a bridge between the intelligence and policy communities. Among the NIC’s primary products are the National Intelligence Estimates (NIEs) - the IC’s most authoritative written assessments on national security issues. The NIC also reaches out to nongovernmental experts in academia and the private sector to broaden the IC’s knowledge and perspectives.


In their roles as functional National Intelligence Managers (NIMs), the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC), the National Counterproliferation Center (NCPC), and the National Counterintelligence and Security Center (NCSC) also contribute to the mission of DDNI/II. For both functional and regional NIMs, the Unifying Intelligence Strategies (UIS) are critical plans for communicating priorities and achieving intelligence integration. NIMs develop UIS in line with prioritized IC requirements and are charged with leading integration across the IC by function and region.


In addition to the ODNI’s Core Mission functions, the responsibilities of the DNI and the mission of the ODNI are also facilitated and executed by the ODNI’s Enabler functions. The ODNI Enabler offices serve to integrate the IC in crosscutting areas such as major systems acquisitions, advanced research, management of NIP resources, human capital management, IT portfolio management, information sharing and safeguarding, policy and strategy, and program evaluation.


Common to ODNI offices found in both Core Mission and Enablers are IC integrating functions that serve to leverage the capabilities and resources of all 17 IC elements in support of the national security priorities outlined in the National Security Strategy and aligned with the National Intelligence Strategy and its corresponding Mission and Enterprise Objectives.


The DNI’s general and specific oversight functions and responsibilities are supported by the following ODNI Oversight offices (and, in the case of the IC IG, has statutory functions and responsibilities over the entire IC).


These Oversight offices ensure that the IC carries out its mission in a manner that protects privacy and civil liberties and enhances transparency; oversee equal opportunity and workforce diversity programs; conduct independent audits, investigations, inspections, and reviews; provide accurate legal guidance and counsel to ensure compliance with the Constitution, U.S. law, and corresponding regulations; and facilitate the DNI’s statutory responsibility to keep the appropriate Congressional committees informed of all intelligence activities of the U.S.

Other Offices

IARPA’s mission is to invest in high-risk/high-payoff research to provide the U.S. with an overwhelming intelligence advantage. As the only research organization within the ODNI, IARPA works with the other 16 IC elements to address the IC’s toughest problems that can be solved with science and technology. IARPA uses full and open competition to the greatest possible extent to bring the best minds to bear on these challenges. The majority of IARPA’s research is unclassified, which enables contributions from researchers who would normally not work with the IC.


ISE consists of the people, projects, systems, and agencies that enable responsible information sharing across the national security enterprise. The ISE was established by the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 and a direct result of 9/11 Commission recommendations. Law enforcement, defense, and intelligence personnel rely on timely and accurate information to keep America safe, and the ISE makes that happen.