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Director of National Intelligence

Definition/Scope: The Director of National Intelligence (DNI) serves as the head of the Intelligence Community (IC), overseeing and directing the implementation of the National Intelligence Program and acting as the principal advisor to the President, the National Security Council, and the Homeland Security Council for intelligence matters related to the national security. Working together with the Principal Deputy DNI (PDDNI) and with the assistance of Mission Managers and four Deputy Directors, the Office of the DNI’s goal is to effectively integrate foreign, military and domestic intelligence in defense of the homeland and of United States interests abroad. With this goal in mind, Congress provided the DNI with a number of authorities and duties, as outlined in the Intelligence Reform and Terrorist Prevention Act (IRTPA) of 2004. These charge the DNI to: Ensure that timely and objective national intelligence is provided to the President, the heads of departments and agencies of the executive branch; the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and senior military commanders; and the Congress; Establish objectives and priorities for collection, analysis, production, and dissemination of national intelligence; Ensure maximum availability of and access to intelligence information within the Intelligence Community; Develop and ensure the execution of an annual budget for the National Intelligence program (NIP) based on budget proposals provided by IC component organizations; Oversee coordination of relationships with the intelligence or security services of foreign governments and international organizations; Ensure the most accurate analysis of intelligence is derived from all sources to support national security needs; Develop personnel policies and programs to enhance the capacity for joint operations and to facilitate staffing of community management functions; Oversee the development and implementation of a program management plan for acquisition of major systems, doing so jointly with the Secretary of Defense for DoD programs, that includes cost, schedule, and performance goals and program milestone criteria.

Used For:

Office of the Director of National Intelligence
Protection WFF



Broader Terms:

Executive Order 12333
Executive Order 13470
Intelligence Community
President of the United States

Narrower Terms:

Central Intelligence Agency
Controlled Access Program Coordination Office
Counterintelligence Enhancement Act of 2002
Defense Joint Intelligence Operations Center
Department of Homeland Security
Directorate for Human Intelligence
Drug Enforcement Administration
Information Sharing Environment
Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2003
Joint Intelligence Community Council
Justice Department
National Counterintelligence Executive
National Counterproliferation Center
National Counterterrorism Center
National Intelligence Council
National Intelligence Program
US Coast Guard

Related Terms:

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
combatant commander
Defense Joint Intelligence Operations Center
Deputy Secretary of Defense
Information Assurance Directorate
Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004
National Counterintelligence Strategy
National Security Agency
Signals Intelligence Directorate

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