The Business of Intelligence
The Intelligence Community at Work
the intelligence requirements of the policy makers – the President,
the National Security Council, military commanders, and other officials
in major departments and governmental agencies.
This is management
of the entire intelligence cycle, from identifying the need for
data to delivering an intelligence product to a consumer. It is
the beginning and the end of the cycle--the beginning because it
involves drawing up specific collection requirements and the end
because finished intelligence, which supports policy decisions,
generates new requirements.
The whole process
depends on guidance from public officials. Policymakers-- the President,
his aides, the National Security Council, and other major departments
and agencies of government--initiate requests for intelligence.
Issue coordinators interact with these public officials to establish
their core concerns and related information requirements. These
needs are then used to guide collection strategies and the production
of appropriate intelligence products.