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July 27, 2007

New Intel and Ops Coordination Office to Open on OCT 1

Filed under: Border Security,Intelligence and Info-Sharing,Organizational Issues — by Jonah Czerwinski on July 27, 2007

The head of Customs and Border Protection, Commissioner Ralph Basham, circulated a memo to employees this week announcing plans to open a new Office of Intelligence and Operations Coordination on October 1 under his command.  Frankly, I’m fond of any reorganization that includes the word Coordination.  I’m not sure if its possible to have too much. 

The main points at this stage are that the OIOC is not operational, it appears to be more of an executive management function, and it reflects a focus on information analysis and flow.  This is key language from the announcement: 

The office will be comprised of an optimal blend of operators and analysts and will be structured in such a way as to optimize their interaction and collaboration.  The office will be focused on programmatic oversight, analysis and coordination, rather than conducting operations.  The new OIOC will establish mechanisms to ensure the flow of valuable information to and from field intelligence assets and the integration of field information into broader analytic products that directly support headquarters and field operators. 

And the starting line-up:

  • Al Gina, Deputy Assistant Commissioner
  • Tom Bortmes, Executive Director of Intelligence and Situational Awareness
  • Tom Bush, Director of Targeting and Analysis
  • Jeanne Ray-Condon, Director of Field Coordination
  • Rodney Scott, Director of Incident Management and Operations Coordination

The Basham memo: 

basham-memo-i.jpg  basham-memo-ii.jpg

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1 Comment »

Comment by Mrs. Love

August 10, 2011 @ 7:36 pm

Can they really be doing something are just all talk?

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