Everything we do is geared toward increasing SACEUR's & NATO leaders' understanding of the threats to the Euro-Atlantic area and NATO Operations so that the Alliance can generate peace through planning and executing effective detterence and defence. We do this by leveraging NIFC's unique talent, capacity, and capabilitites within ACO in an intellectually agile, hyper-collaborative , flattened structure and streamlined processes to provide SACEUR and ACO with timely, relevant, and accurate intelligence.
The NIFC was conceived by Gernal James L. Jones, USMC, (SACEUR Jan 2003 - Dec 2006) in November 2004. He proposed that the U.S. sponsor the organisation as the Framework Nation. General Jones received approval by the U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to negotiate the NIFC Memorandum of Understanding in 2005. The MOU was approved by NATO nation signatories on 5 October 2006 and the NAC activated the NIFC as a NATO Military Body with International Military Headquarters Status on 18 October 2006. The NIFC achieved full operatinal capability (FOC) in December 2007. The organisation's purpose was to provide an objective and robust intelligence organisation to augment and fill potential gaps in ACO's intelligence support to NATO operational and strategic requirements for out-of-area operations, (e.g. NATO operations in Afghanistan, Kosovo, Gulf of Aden, and later Libya) and NATO Response Force (NRF) operations. The NIFC was established in the United Kingdom with the U.S. as the framework nation.
"Without a doubt, the NIFC is the NATO Center of Gravity for multinational intelligence collaboration in producing high-impact intelligence for NATO operations."
"I am in no doubt that the NIFC is of such importance that one wonders how we ever managed without it."
"I was particularly pleased to see how well the NIFC had come together since its creation, underpinning my belief in its position as a jewel within the NATO intel system."
"I congratulate you on the huge progress you continue to make in making the NIFC both relevant and effective."
Staff members may click on the link below for instructions to access NIFC web-mail via an assigned security token.