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The DI’s flagship products are its daily publications – the President’s Daily Brief (PDB) and the Senior Executive Intelligence Brief (SEIB). Because information in these two publications is extremely sensitive, they are highly classified and are provided only to a restricted readership. Both the PDB and the SEIB offer analysis that helps policy and security officials work through the core issues in the broader US policy agenda.

  • The PDB compiles the DI’s highest level intelligence analysis targeted at the key national security issues and concerns of the President. The PDB is given only to the President, the Vice President, and a very select group of Cabinet-level officials designated by the President.

  • The SEIB is aimed at senior policy and security officials throughout the US Government and is coordinated with other intelligence agencies. Many items from the SEIB are sent to major US military commands.

In addition to preparing articles for the PDB and SEIB, DI analysts frequently draft memos to respond to the specific questions of individual policymakers or to support upcoming meetings on key policy issues. Analysts also research their areas of specialty to anticipate future challenges, problems, and opportunities for US security interests, sharing their findings through classified monographs, serial publications, and oral briefings.

The DI publishes unclassified reference aids that are available to the public. The annual World Factbook is a comprehensive compendium of profiles on more than 260 countries and other entities. Information on geographic, political, demographic, economic, and military issues is included. The monthly Chiefs of State and Cabinet Ministers of Foreign Governments is a directory of foreign government officials.

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