Marine Corps Intelligence Activity

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Marine Corps Intelligence Activity
- MCIA -

US Marine Corps Intelligence Activity (seal) .jpg
Country United States of America
Armed forces United States Armed Forces
United States Marine Corps Marine infantry
Branch of service Military intelligence
Insinuation Defense Intelligence Agency / United States Marine Corps
Headquarters, United States Marine Corps Washington, DC
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The Marine Corps Intelligence Activity ( MCIA ) is the military intelligence of the United States Marine Corps , one of the four branches of the armed forces of the United States , and is part of the Defense Intelligence Agency of the US Department of Defense .


The Marine Corps Intelligence Activity collects and analyzes information for the Marine Corps and other US intelligence agencies regarding potential areas of operation for the American Marines.

It supports the development of operational doctrine, the structure of the armed forces, the training and procurement of weapons and operational material by providing information on operational areas (coastal areas, port facilities, defensive installations and positions), opposing troops and the strengths and weaknesses of their weapons, capabilities and operational tactics.

Through education and analysis, the MCIA determines what is required to carry out the Corps' missions and what training is required for the successful implementation of planned operations (example: Are coastal areas mined, equipped with technical barriers or warning systems, which troops are there with which weapons ready for defense etc.). MCIA is in close partnership with the Office of Naval Intelligence , Navy Intelligence and Coast Guard Intelligence, US Coast Guard intelligence at the National Maritime Intelligence Center and Marine Corps Base Quantico in Quantico , Virginia .


Like the intelligence services of the other branches of the armed forces, the MCIA on the one hand provides militarily relevant information, as far as necessary, to the other services (in particular information in areas of operation of joint operations) and to the central intelligence service of the Ministry of Defense, the Defense Intelligence Agency , which itself does not collect news, but evaluates the information from the intelligence services of the armed forces and combines them with findings from other intelligence services such as the CIA or the spy satellites of the NGOs and the code breakers of the NSA to form situation reports and analyzes and forwards it to the military and political leadership.

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Individual evidence

  1. Intel Emblem & Seal. June 10, 2010, archived from the original on August 13, 2010 ; accessed on September 1, 2014 (English).