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Ackerman, Robert K. "Naval Intelligence Ramps up Activities." Signal, Feb. 2009. []

Clark comment: The online version updates the article carried in the magazine's February issue.

"The U.S. Navy is revamping its intelligence structure with command upgrades and a new set of priorities designed to rebuild naval intelligence. This effort includes the creation of a new maritime intelligence office that will move the Navy out of providing service-specific intelligence fully into the realm of national intelligence....

"The Navy is upgrading the position of director of naval intelligence to vice admiral. Vice Adm. David J. Dorsett, USN, is the new director.... In addition, the Office of Naval Intelligence receives four new subordinate commands: the Nimitz Operational Intelligence Center, the Farragut Technical Analysis Center, the John F. Kennedy Irregular Warfare Center and the Grace Hopper Information Services Center. These four centers will stand up around the end of [February 2009]....

"Out of the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) and the U.S. Coast Guard Intelligence Coordination Center (ICC) in Suitland, Maryland, is coming a National Maritime Intelligence Center, or NMIC.... The NMIC director will be responsible to the director of national intelligence. Adm. Dorsett offers that the NMIC will be on par with the National Counterterrorism Center and the National Counterproliferation Center.... The goal is for this new center to have a much broader interagency flavor."

See Regina A. McNamara (CDR/USCG), "Ribbon Cutting Establishes the New Martime Intelligence Center," Naval Intelligence Professionals Quarterly 25, no. 2 (Apr. 2009): 4-5. The NMIC's first Director is RADM Ann Gilbride.

Allen, Craig H. "The Limits of Intelligence in Maritime Counterproliferation Operations." Naval War College Review 60, no. 1 (Winter 2007): 35-52.

"The long-term practical and political success of the Proliferation Security Initiative will be determined in large measure by the availability of timely and accurate intelligence, and by whether decision makers and operators are more willing to err on the side of safety or caution."

Associated Press. "Navy Commissions Super-Spy Submarine." Washington Post, 20 Feb. 2005, A15. []

On 19 February 2005, "[t]he USS Jimmy Carter entered the Navy's fleet ... as the most heavily armed submarine ever built and as the last of the Seawolf class of attack subs." Analysts say that the "100-foot hull extension to the Jimmy Carter equips it to replace the USS Parche, one of the fleet's premier spy subs."

Balano, Randy Carol. "Operation Iraqi Freedom: The Role of the Office of Naval Intelligence." Naval Intelligence Professionals Quarterly 19, no. 3 (Sep. 2003): 9-10.

"ONI's initial contributions included intelligence preparation of the battle space and the establishment of a 24 by 7 analysis and production operation.... In addition, teams of specially-trained ONI reservists provided critical support to HUMINT collection efforts and the exploitation of captured enemy material."

Barr, David [LT/USN]. "Where's Waldo? Intelligence Support to Personnel Recovery." Naval Intelligence Professional Quarterly 24, no. 1 (Jan. 2008): 32-35.

This is the second-place winner of the Naval Intelligence Foundation/Naval Institute essay contest for 2006. It seeks "to capture some of the analytic methodology while describing the political and personal nature of intelligence support to personnel recovery (PR) operations."

Berke. Rory [LCDR/USN] "Training for the Wrong Fight." U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings 134, no. 1 (Jan. 2008): 56-60. Naval Intelligence Professionals Quarterly 24, no. 2 (Apr. 2008): 35-27, 39.

This article was the "2007 Naval Intelligence Essay Contest winner." The author suggests that Naval "afloat intelligence teams are better suited to confront Cold War-era navies than to deal with today's stateless, unconventional fighters." He argues for "the most realistic, challenging, and adaptive training possible."

Bott, Chris [CAPT/USN], Jim Fanell [LCDR/USN], and Joseph Smith [LCDR/USN]. "Tsunami of Targeting -- A Vision for Naval Intelligence's Role in Shaping the Future of Naval Power Projection." Naval Intelligence Professionals Quarterly 18, no. 1 (Jan. 2002): 9-11.

Davis, Chris [LTCDR/USN]. "Preparing the Battlefield." U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings 132, no. 1 (Jan. 2006): 77-79.

The author argues that "[t]he Navy needs a formal intelligence preparation of the battlespace doctrine."

Dobbs, Michael J. [CDR/USN (Ret.)] "Hype, Hope & Hard Facts: Getting a Fix on SSGN SOF Capabilities." U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings 134, no. 2 (Feb. 2008): 28-32.

"The obstacles to the SSGN [converted Ohio-class SSBNs] living up to its advertised capability for SOF operations include material, operational, and training.... The advanced SEAL delivery system is the biggest question mark for the SSGN program, because it is essential to the submarine's SOF capability."

Dorsett, David J. ("Jack") [RADM/USN] [VADM Dorsett is the first three-star DNI]

1. "Transforming Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance." Naval Intelligence Professionals Quarterly 19, nos. 1 & 2 (Jun. 2003): 20-23.

"America's intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities are undergoing a profound transformation. Within the U.S. Navy nothing less than a revolution in ISR is underway."

2. "Dominating the Battlespace with World Class Intelligence: The Evolution of Pacific Theater Intelligence." Naval Intelligence Professionals Quarterly 20, no. 4 (Dec. 2004): 15-18.

Dunbar, J. Keith [LT/USN]. "The True Threat." Naval Intelligence Professionals Quarterly 18, no. 1 (Jan. 2002): 12-13.

The Intelligence Community's "ability to warn is dependent upon a relatively small cadre of analysts whose goal is to turn fragmentary pieces of information into warning.... Naval Intelligence must shift focus to ensure analytic skills are given the same priority as collection and targeting as it prepares for the future,"

Everett, Jim [CAPT/USN], and Ruane Langton. "ONI: Transforming for the 21 st Century." Naval Intelligence Professionals Quarterly 25, no. 1 (Jan. 2009): 51-53.

The last O-6 commander of ONI discusses upcoming changes to that organization. The focus is on the establishment of four Centers of Excellence.

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