The NIFC is a military led, U.S.-sponsored Memorandum of Understanding organisation chartered by NATO's Military Committee. Located in the United Kingdom, the NIFC became fully operational in December 2007. The NIFC falls under the operational command of Supreme Allied Commander Europe through the Assistant Chief of Staff for Intelligence at Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe.
The NIFC was created to facilitate the sharing and fusion of intelligence, contribute to filling intelligence gaps within Allied Command Operations, and to support the planning and execution of operations. Whether forward deployed or providing reach-back for deployed NATO forces, NIFC analysts collaborate with a wide range of partners to produce intelligence assessments to enhance NATO's situational awareness. The NIFC is manned 24 hours a day, seven days a week and supports NATO operations across three continents.
The NIFC provides a unique environment where participating nations join forces to fuse intelligence for the common good of the Alliance and in direct support of NATO operations. Working directly with national analytic centres, academia, think tanks, and relevant international and private organisations, the NIFC aims to develop a deep understanding of key intelligence issues that affect NATO on a day-to-day basis. The NIFC gives NATO forces the most accurate and timely intelligence support available.