The U.S. government’s main operational intelligence branch for dealing with terrorism is The National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC). Established under the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the NCTC’s staff and resources come from the Pentagon, CIA, FBI as well as 13 other organisations. It was created under President George W. Bush in 2003 in order to streamline all federal intelligence operations.

The FBI National Counterterrorism Center’s Scope

The predominant responsibility of the NCTC is the analysis of intelligence provided by partner agencies. The analysis conducted should identify any future terrorist threats, and uses all information available to the entire U.S. intelligence community across all agencies.

The reports compiled by the NCTC are given to the Director of National Intelligence, Congressional leaders and the President. Working in the most high profile capacity, the NCTC was pivotal in the locating and terminating of Osama Bin Laden following 9/11. In this case, the NCTC controlled the Joint Special Operations Command and National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency in order to use all resources available to apprehend and kill Bin Laden.

Job Description for National Counterterrorism Center

NCTC staff undertake the following responsibilities as part of their work:

1. The collection and aggregation of all intelligence from every U.S. intelligence agency.
2. Keeping track of U.S. defence resources and pointing out any weak areas.
3. Creating immediate response strategies where terrorist threats have been identified, and well as creating long term plans for national security.
4. Pinpointing both global and domestic terrorist threats as they arise.
5. Surveilling any activity and communication carried out by suspected terrorist threats on a domestic level.
6. Formulating plans for tactical missions including prescribing relevant resources to these missions.
7. Providing recommendations to government, leaders and policy makers.
8. Liaising with staff from other intelligence organisations in order to streamline the sharing of information and resources.

Salaries for National Counterterrorism Center Jobs

NCTC staff are mainly intelligence analysts, and they can be Special Agents credentials or simply analysts. The pay grade for Special Agents falls between GS-10 to GS-15. Support analysts receive wages from GS-7 up to GS-14.  Promotion within the NCTC is slow and promotion intervals can be spaced out, so it is advised that potential staff make sure they’re qualified (through education or professional experience) to enter the job at the highest possible pay grade.