DNI Releases 2014 National Intelligence Strategy

Today, the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) James R. Clapper published the 2014 National Intelligence Strategy of the United States of America, the document that defines the priorities of the Intelligence Community (IC). Published quadrennially, the strategy document addresses vision, mission objectives, enterprise objectives, and ethics principles for the community, as well as sets parameters for budgeting, acquisitions, and operations for the next four years.

Mr. Clapper commented in a pre-release interview, “Intelligence integration is a journey, not an end state, and The National Intelligence Strategy is another way to promote the integration of the 17 Intelligence Community components, which has been my major theme for the past four years. I believe it’s the reason my post and office exists, and it’s what the 9/11 Commission advocated and IRTPA legislated.”                                   The IRTPA is the 2004 Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act.

The “Strategic Environment” that the United States is navigating is “a complex and evolving security environment with extremely dangerous, pervasive, and elusive threats. The IC remains focused on the missions of cyber intelligence, counterterrorism, counterproliferation, counterintelligence, and on the threats posed by state and non-state actors challenging U.S. national security and interests worldwide.” Internationally, the IC will anticipate challenges from China, North Korea, the Middle East (“Al-Qa’ida”), and North Africa. Domestically, the tallest hurdle for the IC will be sustaining operations under an ever-shrinking fiscal umbrella. Insider threats and unauthorized disclosures are still the hardest-hitting domestic threats that the Strategy highlights. Globally, the IC is concerned with advancing technologies and competition for natural resources. 

The IC’s seven “mission objectives” (what the IC intends to accomplish) are: 1) strategic intelligence; 2) anticipatory intelligence; 3) current operations; 4) cyber intelligence; 5) counterterrorism; 6) counterproliferation; and 7) counterintelligence.

The six “enterprise objectives” (how the IC intends to accomplish the mission objectives) are: 1) integrated mission management; 2) integrated enterprise management; 3) information sharing and safeguarding; 4) innovation; 5) our people; and 6) our partners.

In Mr. Clapper’s Foreword he concludes, “We have crucial work before us. Senior policymakers depend on us to enable them to make wise national security decisions and Americans count on us to help protect the nation from attack, while increasing transparency and protecting their privacy and civil liberties.”

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