The Counterterrorism Analysis Branch (CAB) is in charge of keeping track of the Counterterrorism Division’s (CTD) intelligence operations. This includes the analysis and preparation of gathered and processed intelligence information.  The CAB is divided into two sections, including the Counterterrorism Analysis Section and the Communications Exploitation Section.

The Sub-Divisions of the Counterterrorism Analysis Branch

The first branch of CAB, the Counterterrorism Analysis Section, is made up of five divisions all responsible for reporting and making recommendations to the CTD’s Operations Branches. These are:

1. Terrorist group composition
2. Activities
3. Tradecraft
4. Ideology
5. Linkages

Linguistic and decryption skills are used by the Communications Exploitation Section in order to retrieve and process information from data storage.

The Counterterrorism Analysis Branch, on the other hand, is more flexible, and is tasked with keeping up with the constantly evolving and changing terrorist threats. The task of the CAB is to harness the power of its workforce of intelligence professionals in order to select assets and pass on resources to the FBI’s activities. The CAB also constantly watches over its own performance in order to further streamline its operations and objectives.

Domestic terrorist threats are constantly monitored by the Analysis Branch, which identifies individuals and organisations within the U.S. that are operating on funds from foreign governments and other bodies. The most closely monitored bodies are Al Qaeda, Hezbollah and Hamas, and this is done with very sophisticated intelligence gathering and analysis techniques. The Analysis Branch is also the main point of contact for other security organisations including NSA, DIA and CIA. In order to cooperate efficiently with these bodies, the Analysis Branch shared information through the Department of Homeland Security and Joint Terrorism Task Forces.

Job Description for the Counterterrorism Analysis Branch

CAB jobs include:

1. The maintenance of constant knowledge of the whereabouts of major terrorist cells.
2. The identification of informants and other people who might offer intelligence value within these terrorist cells.
3. The interception and translation of terrorist network communications.
4. Constantly working to increase efficiency of the Analysis Branch in its objectives.
5. Finding where the gaps are in U.S intelligence networks and using available resources to fix them.
6. Seeking out the financial support networks used by terrorist organisations.
7. Cooperating with FBI and partner agencies to share information gained and required to succeed in missions.
8. Giving recommendations to FBI on intelligence products.

Salary for Counterterrorism Analysis Branch

Most CAB employees are intelligence analysis, with a few Special Agents. These Special Agents come in at a GS-10 pay grade, and can be promoted up to the GS-15 pay grade, whereas support analysts are hired at a GS-7 level (minimum) and can be promoted up to level GS-14. Entry salary is based on education, law enforcement and intelligence experience, and/or military ranking, and promotions within the Bureau may be awarded at intervals.