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The mission of the Office of Military Affairs (OMA) is to ensure that, whenever and wherever US armed forces are deployed, they will have at their disposal the full range of CIA's intelligence and operational support capabilities.

We are an office comprised of Agency personnel from all CIA directorates and of military detailees from all the uniformed Services. The majority are on two- or three-year rotational assignments, providing the office with a continuous flow of up-to-date knowledge about military requirements and CIA support capabilities. At any given time there are approximately one hundred officers attached to OMA. Between one-third and one-half of these officers are assigned to OMA's headquarters elements; the remainder are deployed at sites around the world.

In providing support to the US armed forces, OMA is only the tip of the CIA iceberg. While we are the only Agency component with the exclusive mission of supporting military plans and operations, our effectiveness depends critically on our partnership with other line components of CIA - the DO's area divisions, the Military and Special Programs Division, DI Issue managers, DS&T offices, DCI centers, and many others. As a DCI area office, OMA is well positioned to reach across all Agency directorates to draw on, leverage and orchestrate the unique tools and skills that the military commander requires to accomplish his mission and protect his forces. OMA is a part of the broader "military support team" of the Associate DCI for Military Support (ADCI/MS), who in turn has a mandate from the DCI to coordinate overall Intelligence Community support to our military customers.

OMA's principal business areas include:

  • Agency support for military exercises;

  • direct support, in the form of our DCI Representatives, to the commanders in chief of the major unified commands;

  • support from our DCI Faculty Representatives to the major service schools and war colleges;

  • an active training and education ("in-reach/outreach")program, aimed at informing Agency officers about unique military needs and explaining to military audiences how CIA can respond to their requirements;

  • a crisis augmentation function, providing DI analysts to assist DoD elements in battle damage assessment teams;

  • a "surge" function, providing the CIA elements of National Intelligence Support Teams (NISTs) to joint task force commanders, or Crisis Operations Liaison Teams (COLTs) to temporarily augment stations or bases in performing military liaison functions;

  • communications and technical integration, providing reliable connectivity with our remote sites, resolving information security policy issues with DoD, and ensuring systems interoperability between CIA and military sites.

Interwoven through these business areas is a strong customer focus and a personal commitment on the part of individual OMA officers to a critical mission.

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