The Director of National Intelligence today released
The National Intelligence Strategy
of the United States of America, a publication that establishes
the strategic objectives for the Intelligence Community.
“This strategy is a statement of our fundamental values, highest
priorities and orientation toward the future, but it is an action
document as well,” said John D. Negroponte, Director of National
Intelligence. “For U.S. national intelligence, the time for
change is now.”
The document sets forth the framework for a more unified, coordinated
and effective Intelligence Community and was written in consultation
with the relevant departments. Its publication coincides with the
six-month anniversary of the establishment of the Office of the
Director of National Intelligence (ODNI).
Outlining the document’s two types of strategic objectives
– mission and enterprise – the strategy recognizes each
Intelligence Community member’s strengths and competencies.
“At its core, this National Intelligence Strategy capitalizes
on the extraordinary talents and patriotism of America’s diverse
intelligence professionals, those serving today and those joining
us tomorrow,” Negroponte said. “It relies on our nation’s
tradition of teamwork and technological innovation to integrate
the work of our distinct components into collaborative success.”
The National Intelligence Strategy will guide Intelligence Community
policy, planning, collection, analysis, operations, programming,
acquisition, budgeting, and execution. These activities will be
overseen by the ODNI, but implemented through an integrated Intelligence
Community effort to capitalize on the comparative advantages of
Fiscal Year 2008 Planning, Programming, and Performance Guidance
will reflect the mission and enterprise objectives. Ongoing program
and budget activities for Fiscal Years 2006 and 2007 will adjust
to these objectives to the maximum extent possible.
As detailed in this strategy, mission objectives relate to those
efforts to predict, penetrate, and pre-empt threats to our national
security and assist all who make and implement U.S. national security
policy, fight our wars, protect our nation, and enforce our laws.
Missions objectives outlined in the National Intelligence Strategy
- Defeat terrorists at home and abroad by disarming their operational
capabilities, and seizing the initiative from them by promoting
the growth of freedom and democracy.
- Prevent and counter the spread of Weapons of Mass Destruction.
- Bolster the growth of democracy and sustain peaceful democratic
- Develop innovative ways to penetrate and analyze the most difficult
- Anticipate developments of strategic concern and identify opportunities
as well as vulnerabilities for decision-makers.
Enterprise objectives relate to our ability to transform faster
than threats emerge, protect what needs to be protected, and perform
our duties according to the law. Enterprise objectives in the National
Intelligence Strategy are:
- Build an integrated intelligence capability to address threats
to the homeland, consistent with U.S. laws and the protection
of privacy and civil liberties.
- Strengthen analytic expertise, methods, and practices; tap expertise
wherever it resides; and, explore alternative analytic views.
- Rebalance, integrate, and optimize collection capabilities to
meet current and future customer and analytic priorities.
- Attract, engage, and unify an innovative and results-focused
Intelligence Community workforce.
- Ensure that Intelligence Community members and customers can
access the intelligence they need when they need it.
- Establish new and strengthen existing foreign intelligence relationships
to help us meet global security challenges.
- Create clear, uniform security practices and rules that allow
us to work together, protect our nation’s secrets, and enable
aggressive counterintelligence activities.
- Exploit path-breaking scientific and research advances that
will enable us to maintain and extend our intelligence advantages
against emerging threats.
- Learn from our successes and mistakes to anticipate and be ready
for new challenges.
- Eliminate redundancy and programs that add little or no value
and re-direct savings to existing and emerging national security
The National Intelligence
Strategy of the United States of America