The FBI’s number one priority is national security, and it’s the roles of the Counterterrorism Division (CTD) to enter and dismantle terrorist organisations before they harm U.S. interests. Because counterterrorism is such a complex area, the Bureau developed the Operational Support Branch in order to cover all the administrative needs of the CTD.

The Counterterrorism Operational Support Branch’s Role

The Operational Support Branch is responsible for ensuring that all other personnel, whether in the field or on base, are operating to the fullest of their ability and potential. The Branch creates budgets, designs long-term training programs and strategies for the CTD, while also maintaining and building partnerships with other organisations. The Operational Support Branch is made up of the National Threat Center Section and the Counterterrorism Operational Response Section.

The National Threat Center Section is responsible for the Counterterrorism Watch, the heart of the FBI’s counterterrorism efforts. It is the duty of The Watch to alert the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Forces when an imminent terrorist attack is detected. The Watch is also responsible for giving information to the public at large and to relevant law enforcement bodies in order to keep the community prepared in the event of terrorist strikes.

The Counterterrorism Operational Response Section is the administrator of the National Joint Terrorism Task Forces, Fly Teams and Rapid Deployment Teams. The sections is also charged with the responsibility of joint efforts with the Department of Defense, and manages seconded FBI personnel working in other agencies in a counterterrorism capacity, including those FBI agents deployed to Guantanamo Bay.

Job Description Operational Support Branch

The main role of the Operational Support Branch is to ensure the U.S.’s defence is always at the ready, ensuring, through meticulous administration, that the CTD Division has all appropriate resources available to it. The job of the Operational Support Branch is to ensure mission success by providing the CTW with full resources for operations.

Jobs within the Counterterrorism Operational Support Branch involve:

1. Creating and seeking approval for all branch budgets.
2. Managing requests for resources including IT technology, vehicles, weapons and any other necessary equipment across operations.
3. Keeping relevant law enforcement bodies and the general public informed about terrorist activity.
4. Making sure partner agencies are braced for identified terrorist threats.
5. Keeping track of the location of all FBI staff within partner agencies.
6. Creating and putting into practice long term operational strategies based on intelligence products.
7. Oversees all of the CTD’s mission to ensure redundancy is kept minimal both internally and in other agencies.

Salary for Operational Support Branch

Both special agents and administrative professionals are employed by the CTD’s Operational Support Branch. Special Agent salaries commensurate are between the GS-10 and GS-15 pay grades, while other support staff salaries fall within the GS-7 and GS-14 ratings. Cost of living adjustments are available for all staff, while Special Agents have access to Law Enforcement Availability Pay, which is a 25 percent bonus. Other employees might also have access to certain overtime pay as well.