Definitions Edit

Department of Homeland Security Edit

The Department of Homeland Security Office of Intelligence and Analysis's Intelligence Assessments "[p]rovides strategic analysis on a variety of topics that impact homeland security; can range from covering a single issue to an in-depth multi- themed analysis."[1]

Federal Bureau of Investigation Edit

An Intelligence Assessment (IA) is

a comprehensive report on an intelligence issue related to criminal or national security threats available to local, state, tribal, and federal law enforcement agencies.[2]

The are intended to convey analytic conclusions about an issue or threat based on a comprehensive analysis of all available information, usually from multiple and open sources. They are tailored to the needs of intelligence consumers and are intended to be relevant, timely, and forward-looking. IAs address issues and identify implications and potential alternative outcomes or explanations to help the user formulate a course of action. IAs range from seven to ten pages in length and are approved for dissemination by the Section Chief in the relevant FBIHQ Directorate of Intelligence (DI) Analytical Section.[3]

General Edit

An Intelligence Assessment (IA) is

the primary vehicle for in-depth research, and can focus on larger analytic questions or provide great detail on a more narrow, but complex issue. IAs generally are from 5 to 25 pages or more in length; they always contain a 'Key Findings' or 'Summary' section and often include graphics, maps and other supporting material.[4]

Intelligence Edit

An Intelligence Assessment (IA) is

a phenomenon that encompasses most analytical studies dealing with subjects of policy significance; thorough in its treatment of subject matter but, unlike estimative intelligence, an assessment may not attempt to project future developments and their implications; usually coordinated within the producing organization but may not be coordinated with other intelligence agencies.[5]

References Edit

  1. DHS Intelligence Analysis: Additional Actions Needed to Address Analytic Priorities and Workforce Challenges, at 38.
  2. Criminal Intelligence Glossary (Nov. 2004).
  3. Federal Bureau of Investigation, FBI Information Sharing Report 2010 (full-text).
  4. "Which classified intelligence information products are routinely shared with Congress and which ones are not?" (full-text).
  5. Intelligence Warning Terminology, at 23.

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