The mission of the Marine Corps Intelligence Activity (MCIA) is to deliver expeditionary intelligence products and services in order to inform and prepare decision-makers and warfighters for mission success, which
• Providing intelligence forecasts and analysis in support of Marine Corps planning and decision making; doctrine and force structure development; systems and equipment acquisition; wargaming; and training and education.
• Supporting Marine Corps operating forces, the DoD, the Intelligence Community (IC), and allied partners by proving comprehensive intelligence for expeditionary mission sets.
• Facilitating the efforts of the Marine Corps Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Enterprise (MCISRE) through coordinated planning, guidance, and information technology in order to inform decision-makers and enable success on the battlefield.
Located in Quantico, Virginia, MCIA is the Marine Corps’ Service Intelligence Center. MCIA consists of a command element; an Intelligence Directorate that includes analysis, imagery, topographic support and weapons and technology support; an Operations Directorate that includes Joint Processing, Exploitation, and Dissemination (JPED), targeting, identity intelligence, and open source intelligence support; a Counterintelligence/Human Intelligence Company; and a Cryptologic Services Group. Additionally, MCIA is the program manager for the Marine Corps’ Sensitive compartmented information (SCI) intelligence architecture, providing worldwide access to the Joint Worldwide Intelligence Communication System (JWICS). Each element provides unique capabilities that enable MCIA to fully support intelligence requirements in all facets of expeditionary operations. Together, these elements deliver “excellence in expeditionary intelligence” to MCIA’s broad and growing customer set.
As the “hub” of the MCISRE, MCIA maintains a 24/7/365 Enterprise Operations Center (EOC) and serves as the organizational focal point that merges disparate nodes of the Marine Corps intelligence effort into a mutually reinforcing whole. MCIA enhances the way Marine intelligence fights by integrating the MAGTF with the joint force, the IC, and coalition partner capabilities. Through MCIA, the expeditionary-focused MCISRE is “always on,” operating in garrison, maintaining continuous situational awareness, and projecting the intelligence warfighting function to forward deployed units.