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Henley-Putnam's Intelligence Management Subject Guide

This Subject Guide will help students locate the fundamental documents that grant and govern the intelligence activities of the United States Intelligence Community (USIC).

United States Intelligence Community

Two (2) Independent Agencies

  1. Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI)
  2. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)

Nine (9) Department of Defense Elements

  1. Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA)
  2. National Security Agency (NSA)
  3. National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA)
  4. National Reconnaissance Office (NRO)
  5. Army (intelligence element)
  6. Navy (intelligence element)
  7. Marine Corps (intelligence element)
  8. Air Force (intelligence)
  9. Space Force (intelligence element)

Seven (7) Other Department and Agency Elements 

  1. Department of Energy's Office of Intelligence and Counter-Intelligence
  2. Department of Homeland Security's Office of Intelligence and Analysis
  3. U.S. Coast Guard Intelligence
  4. Department of Justice's Federal Bureau of Investigation
  5. Drug Enforcement Agency's Office of National Security Intelligence
  6. Department of State's Bureau of Intelligence and Research
  7. Department of Treasury's Office of Intelligence and Analysis

What Laws Established the USIC?

Congress enacts statutes (laws), called "Acts," which are the basis of the United States' Intelligence Community (USIC) authority and responsibility. These statutes are our touchstones as intelligence professionals. The USIC, as we know it today, as a result of the post-World War II reorganization of government to maintain a focus on national security and foreign policy matters.

For more about USIC laws, see the statutes page.

Under What Authority Does USIC Operate?


Under what authority does US IC operate? 

The President of the United States issues operational guidance to the executive branch on how to execute faithfully the law through "Executive Orders." Many key Executive Orders exist that apply to the intelligence professional, including:

For more about authority see the Statutes and Executive Orders pages

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