IC21: The Intelligence Community in the 21st Century: Staff Study, Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, House of Representatives, One Hundred Fourth Congress   [open pdf - 1MB]

During the 104th Congress, the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence has undertaken a major review of the role, functions and structure of the Intelligence Community. This review has been called The Intelligence Community in the 21st Century, or IC21. This title connotes one of the major premises of the study: that the Intelligence Community (IC) has been largely, and perhaps inevitably, shaped by the Cold War struggle with the Soviet Union. This struggle gave shape to a specific set of "intelligence norms," i.e., organizations, products, practices, relationships and ways of doing business that extend throughout the IC. Some of these intelligence norms are likely to be fairly stable, regardless of U.S. national security policy or the international political environment. Others may be outdated and no longer responsive to U.S. national security requirements as we enter the 21st century. IC21 seeks to determine which of these intelligence norms are still relevant, which need to be either revised or replaced, and what alternatives there are to be added.

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