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This research guide contains information-- both current and historical--on the topic of intelligence. Areas covered include intelligence collection, the intelligence cycle, and also topics such as counterintelligence and cyber intelligence.

What is Intelligence?


Intelligence can be described as information concerning an enemy or potential enemy, the evaluated conclusions drawn from such information, or an organization/agency engaged in gathering such information. (Merriam-Webster Dictionary)


To delve deeper, intelligence can be describes as the collecting and processing of that information about foreign countries and their agents which is needed by a government for its foreign policy and for national security, the conduct of non-attributable activities abroad to facilitate the implementation of foreign policy, and the protection of both process and product, as well as persons and organizations concerned with these, against unauthorized disclosure--  Bimfort, Martin T.  A Definition of Intelligence. CIA Historical Review Program, 1994. (

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  • "Intelligence"
  • "Intelligence Community"
  • "Intelligence Officer"
  • "Intelligence AND National Security"
  • "Intelligence Surveillance OR Reconnaissance"
  • "Intelligence Collection"
  • "Espionage"