The director of the National Counterterrorism Center Matthew G. Olsen appeared before the Senate on September 19, 2012 to give a status report of the center’s activities and address terrorist threats facing the nation.
In his prepared remarks before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security, Director Olsen discussed the core mission of the NCTC.
“The overarching mission of NCTC is to lead the effort to combat international terrorism. In 2004, the 9/11 Commission observed that “the United States confronts a number of less visible challenges that surpass the boundaries of traditional nation-states and call for quick, imaginative and agile responses.” That observation—as true today as it was in 2001—led the Commission to recommend the creation of a National Counterterrorism Center which should break the mold of a national government organization and be a center for joint strategic operational planning and joint intelligence.”
“In 2004 Congress established NCTC and set forth the Center’s key responsibilities. These responsibilities are captured in NCTC’s mission statement: “Lead our nation’s effort to combat terrorism at home and abroad by analyzing the threat, sharing that information with our partners, and integrating all instruments of national power to ensure unity of effort”, said Matthew G. Olsen, Director of the National Counterterrorism center (see report: Hearing before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs, dated September 19, 2012 (http://www.dni.gov/files/documents/Newsroom/Testimonies/Olsen%209-19%202… ).
See video: National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) Overview http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TFOOWATRbb8
See also in depth interview with Director Olsen: National Counterterrorism Center’s Role in Counterterrorism http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lh8r4nWMty4&feature=related
see also: http://www.nctc.gov/