Document and Media Exploitation (DOMEX)
The National Drug Intelligence Center (NDIC) was established by the Department of
Defense Appropriations Act, 1993 (Public Law 102-396) signed into law on October 6, 1992.
Placed under the direction and control of the Attorney General, NDIC was established to
"coordinate and consolidate drug intelligence from all national security and law
enforcement agencies, and produce information regarding the structure, membership,
finances, communications, and activities of drug trafficking organizations." (Additional
information about the evolution of NDIC can be found at
NDIC: From Concept to Creation
Initially staffed and administered by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), NDIC
opened its doors in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, on August 9, 1993. In February 1998 NDIC
became an independent component of the U.S. Department of Justice and now employs more
than 315 federal employees and contract personnel. NDIC is headed by a Director, who is
appointed by the U.S. Attorney General. The current Director of NDIC is Michael F.
The mission of NDIC is to provide strategic drug-related intelligence, document and
computer exploitation support, and training assistance to the drug control, public health,
law enforcement, and intelligence communities of the United States in order to reduce the
adverse effects of drug trafficking, drug abuse, and other drug-related criminal activity.
NDIC supports national-level policymakers and the Intelligence Community by preparing
strategic analytical studies on the trafficking of illegal drugs and on related illegal
activities that pose a threat to the national security of the United States. In addition,
NDIC partners with the Department of Homeland Security Office of Counternarcotics
Enforcement to provide critical intelligence to identify, track, and sever the nexus
between drug trafficking and terrorism. NDIC also produces strategic money laundering
reports that help policymakers and senior law enforcement decisionmakers implement
national-level anti-money laundering initiatives. NDIC reports address the methods
wholesale-level traffickers use to launder drug proceeds. NDIC supports the National Money
Laundering Threat Assessment and the National Money Laundering Strategy--interagency
projects that enhance the nation's ability to counter international money laundering.
NDIC studies feature our ability to identify, collect, organize, and analyze large
amounts of information and intelligence. To accomplish this, NDIC accesses commercial and
governmental databases and uses available technology to search for and extract useful
information. NDIC also uses technology developed in-house to reveal patterns in the
information contained in records seized by law enforcement agencies during drug
investigations and subsequent prosecutions.
The preparation of analytical studies would not be possible without securing the most
basic of raw materials used in the analytical process--information. NDIC obtains
information from a diverse array of activities that include directly surveying local and
state law enforcement agencies; obtaining information from other federal law enforcement
and intelligence agencies; and extracting information from documents and electronic media
seized by law enforcement agencies and prosecutors. NDIC also uses open-source information
from news providers and public health agencies.
NDIC supports the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), a component of the
Executive Office of the President, by preparing assessments and providing briefs
addressing drug issues of national concern. NDIC also provides analytical support to the
ONDCP-designated Hight Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTAs) to assist the HIDTAs in preparing their regional drug threat
NDIC has prepared assessments, provided briefings, and conducted document and computer
exploitation missions for the Director of National Intelligence, Department of Homeland
Security, Department of State, FBI, DEA, U.S. Attorneys Offices, and U.S. Coast Guard
Our workforce includes analysts with extensive education, training, and
experience. Our analysts represent diverse fields of study with a
number having foreign language capabilities; most have at least a baccalaureate degree,
and more than a quarter have advanced degrees.