Intelligence Community Directive Number 205: Analytic Outreach (Effective 16 July 2008)   [open pdf - 433KB]

The purpose of this standard is as follows: "(1) This Intelligence Community (IC) Directive (ICD) establishes overarching doctrine and policy of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) and IC responsibilities concerning outreach to experts beyond the IC to support, improve, and enrich analysis. Analytic outreach is the open, overt, and deliberate act of an IC analyst engaging with an individual outside the IC to explore ideas and alternate perspectives, gain new insights, generate new knowledge, or obtain new information. It is conducted in accordance with fiscal, procurement, security, counterintelligence, operational and other laws, regulations, policies and procedures applicable to the IC and the analysts' individual organizations. (2) This ICD responds to recommendations in the 2005 report of the Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the United States (U.S.) Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction. The report recommended that IC analysts broaden their information horizons by collaborating with individuals in academia, nongovernmental organizations, and business, and to the National Intelligence Strategy objective of drawing upon expertise wherever it resides to inform judgments. (3) This ICD directs the Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Analysis (DDNI/A), in collaboration with the Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Collection (DDNI/C) and the Heads of all elements of the IC, to ensure that this policy is implemented effectively. (4). Sound intelligence analysis requires that analysts who are dealing with issues of concern network in the U.S. and internationally to develop trusted relationships. These trusted relationships could include, as appropriate, experts in academia; think tanks; industry; nongovernmental organizations; the scientific world (e.g., U.S. government laboratories, national academies, national research councils, and Federally Funded Research and Development Centers); state, local, and tribal governments; other non-Intelligence Community U.S. government agencies; and elsewhere. These communities allow the IC to expand its knowledge base, share burdens, challenge assumptions and cultural biases, and encourage innovative thinking."

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ICD 205; Intelligence Community Directive No. 205
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