The Intelligence Operations Command Center (IOCC) is an instructional and collaborative workspace, equipped with state-of-the-art information technologies. It is designed to give students in the Intelligence and Security Studies program the experience of day-to-day activities that take place in intelligence organizations.
The IOCC facility is located in rooms 167 and 168 of the Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts building (EHFA 167/168). It is available for use by all intelligence majors or minors, as well as by intelligence faculty and staff members. The IOCC is an ideal space for collaborative projects, individual or group study sessions and conference-style meetings. It may also be used as a quiet area for job/internship interviews and many other related activities.
FALL 2023 OPERATING HOURS
Mondays/Fridays: 2:00 - 8:00 pm; Wednesdays/Tuesdays/Thursdays: 3:00 - 8:00 pm
The IOCC consists of three distinct but interconnected spaces, all of which feature correlated color temperature lighting.
- An Executive Briefing Room (EHFA 167), featuring a 12-seat rectangle conference table and a two-seat workstation with networked desktop computers, which operate on the Windows 11 system software. The computers are equipped with 22" high-definition display monitors and have access to all cloud-based Microsoft 365 Office applications, including the Microsoft OneDrive file hosting service. Additionally, the EHFA 167 master computer is connected to two wall-mounted 55" ultra-high definition display monitors with 2.0 audio capabilities.
- An Open-Source Intelligence Collection and Watch-Floor (EHFA 168), consisting of six five-person collaborative workstations, each with its own networked desktop computer. All 30 computers in the facility operate on the Windows 11 system software and have access to all cloud-based Microsoft 365 Office applications, including the Microsoft OneDrive file hosting service. The computers are also equipped with 22" high-definition display monitors and over-ear studio headphones that provide stereo sound capability. The Watch-Floor facility also features optimized smartboard projection and 3.0 audio capabilities, as well as a six-screen international television newsfeed center, which is projected on 55" wall-mounted ultra-high definition display monitors. Lastly, the Watch-Floor facility features a fully functioning panoramic world clock that displays eight time zones.
- A Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Center (EHFA 168), which consists of a three-person workstation that features dual-monitor, GIS mapping-enabled desktop computers. The computers are equipped with the ArcGIS Pro 3.0 geospatial processing software.
When classes are not being held there, the IOCC operates under a strictly enforced Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF) security mandate. This means that all wireless electronic communications and storage devices, including smartphones, tablets and smartwatches, must be powered off upon entrance and surrendered to the Special Security Officer (SSO) on duty. Flash drives and car key fobs that contain radio transmitters must also be surrendered upon entry to the SSO on duty. The use of laptop computers is permitted in the Executive Briefing Room with the permission of the SSO on duty.
SPECIAL SECURITY OFFICERS (SSOs)
IOCC SSOs exercise jurisdiction over the command-and-control aspects of the IOCC, in accordance with strict security and classification protocols. Their tasks include entry and exit control functions, the regulation of users’ telecommunications and other wireless devices, as well as the documentation of security and/or classification violations. Additionally, SSOs are trained to ensure the efficient operation of the IOCC’s information and communication systems, including audiovisual equipment, databases and other operational elements.
The IOCC’s current SSO component consists of: Sarah Gabriel (SSO Deputy Controller), Tessa Bentley, Alejandro Olivares, Clay Penegar, and Alexa McMichael.