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The National Maritime Intelligence-Integration Office (NMIO) is a Service of Common Concern for the maritime domain, as designated by the Director of National Intelligence and with the Department of the Navy as its Executive Agent. NMIO ensures the Global Maritime Community of Interest (GMCOI) has an effective understanding of the maritime domain. The GMCOI and partners include the U.S. Intelligence Community and non-Intelligence Federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial governments; academia; maritime commercial, defense, and science and technology industries; nonprofit and research institutes; and foreign partners.
The terrorist attacks of 9/11 prompted changes in U.S. Intelligence Community business practices, including deeming the integration of intelligence for improved Maritime Domain Awareness as vital to national security. Our quality of life and economic well-being are critically dependent on secure maritime commerce. For example, 90 percent of international trade and most of the world’s energy supplies move by sea. Prolonged disruption of seaborne commerce would severely impact the U.S. and global economies. The oceans are the largest ungoverned areas in the world. Both state and nonstate actors exploit this vast environment to conduct illicit, illegal, and malign activities as well as kinetic attacks.
NMIO exists to prevent intelligence and information gaps and to facilitate an effective understanding of the maritime domain. Partnership is NMIO’s cornerstone. We operate at the nexus of the GMCOI to champion key initiatives that support and enhance maritime intelligence and information sharing needs.
Organize the GMCOI to integrate maritime intelligence, maritime homeland security, international maritime partners, and maritime science and technology.
The mission of the National Maritime Intelligence-Integration Office (NMIO) is to advance maritime intelligence integration, information sharing, and domain awareness to foster unity of effort to protect the United States and its global interests, its allies, and its partners against threats to, in, or emanating from the global maritime domain.
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