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Definitions Edit

The intelligence cycle is

[t]he process by which information is converted into intelligence and made available to users.[1]
an iterative process in which collection requirements based on national security threats are developed, and intelligence is collected, analyzed, and disseminated to a broad range of consumers. Consumers sometimes provide feedback on the finished intelligence products, which can be used to refine any part of the intelligence cycle to ensure that consumers are getting the intelligence they need to make informed decisions and/or take appropriate actions.[2]

Steps in the cycle Edit

The intelligence cycle has six steps, each of which drives the next step in the process.

  • Step 1: Planning and direction. The planning and direction step sets the stage for the Intelligence Cycle. It is the springboard from which all Intelligence Cycle activities are launched. Oftentimes, the direction part of the step precedes the planning part. Generally, in such cases, the consumer has a requirement for a specific product. That product may be a full report, a graphic image, or raw information that is collected, processed, and disseminated, but skips the analysis and production step. Given the customer's requirement, the intelligence organization tasked with generating the product will then plan its Intelligence Cycle activities.
  • Step 6: Evaluation. Constant evaluation and feedback from consumers are extremely important to enabling those involved in the Intelligence Cycle to adjust and refine their activities and analysis to better meet consumers' changing and evolving information needs.

References Edit

  1. Operational Terms and Graphics, at 1-101.
  2. Homeland Security Intelligence: Perceptions, Statutory Definitions, and Approaches, at 2 n.5.

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