9/11 Commission and a National Counterterrorism Center: Issues and Options for Congress [September 3, 2004] [open pdf - 144KB]
"The National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (hereafter 9/11 Commission) issued its Final Report in July 2004. As one of its 41 recommendations, the 9/11 Commission recommended the creation of a National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC). As proposed by the Commission, an NCTC would have two primary functions - intelligence and joint operational planning. The Director of an NCTC would be appointed by the President with the advice and consent of the Senate, and would report to the Commission's proposed new National Intelligence Director. On August 27, 2004, the President signed an Executive Order establishing the NCTC. Legislatively, a draft 9/11 National Security Protection Act has also proposed codifying an NCTC. The Commission's recommendation would use the existing Terrorist Threat Integration Center (TTIC) as the foundation for an NCTC, a concept incorporated in both the Executive Order and in a draft legislative proposal. The TTIC's primary mission is to fuse, analyze and disseminate terrorism threat intelligence across the U.S. Government."
CRS Report for Congress, RL32558