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The National Media Exploitation Center (NMEC) was established in late 2001 to coordinate FBI, CIA, the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) and National Security Agency (NSA) efforts to analyze and disseminate information gleaned from millions of pages of paper documents, electronic media, videotapes, audiotapes, and electronic equipment seized by the U.S. military and Intelligence Community in Afghanistan and other foreign lands.

The NMEC ensures the rapid collection, processing, exploitation, dissemination, and sharing of all acquired and seized media across the intelligence, counterintelligence, military, and law enforcement communities. These tasks include the collection, receipt, cataloging, initial processing, and transmission of information; forensic analysis and translation; and reporting, storage, dissemination, and sharing. NMEC is a DNI Center, and DIA is its Executive Agent.