United States Intelligence Community

United States Intelligence Community
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Agency overview
FormedDecember 4, 1981 (1981-12-04)
Agency executive

The United States Intelligence Community (IC) is a group of separate United States government intelligence agencies and subordinate organizations that work both separately and collectively to conduct intelligence activities which support the foreign policy and national security of the United States. Member organizations of the IC include intelligence agencies, military intelligence, and civilian intelligence and analysis offices within federal executive departments.

The IC is overseen by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), which itself is headed by the Director of National Intelligence (DNI). The DNI reports directly to the President of the United States.[1][2]

Among their varied responsibilities, the members of the community collect and produce foreign and domestic intelligence, contribute to military planning, and perform espionage. The IC was established by Executive Order 12333, signed on December 4, 1981, by President Ronald Reagan.[3]

The Washington Post reported in 2010 that there were 1,271 government organizations and 1,931 private companies in 10,000 locations in the United States that were working on counterterrorism, homeland security, and intelligence, and that the intelligence community as a whole would include 854,000 people holding top-secret clearances.[4] According to a 2008 study by the ODNI, private contractors make up 29% of the workforce in the U.S. intelligence community and account for 49% of their personnel budgets.[5]

  1. ^ Agrawal, Nina. "There's more than the CIA and FBI: The 17 agencies that make up the U.S. intelligence community". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 30, 2017.
  2. ^ "Members of the IC". Office of the Director of National Intelligence. Archived from the original on November 17, 2018. Retrieved November 17, 2018.
  3. ^ "Executive Order 12333". Cia.gov. Retrieved January 23, 2013.
  4. ^ Dana Priest & William M Arkin (July 19, 2010). "A hidden world, growing beyond control". The Washington Post. Archived from the original on July 20, 2010.
  5. ^ Priest, Dana (2011). Top Secret America: The Rise of the New American Security State. Little, Brown and Company. p. 320. ISBN 978-0-316-18221-8.

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