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The Ready Room is intended to build a bridge between civilians, academia, and the intelligence community. To do this, there is a requirement of a basic core understanding of what intelligence is. Here we hope to be able to answer all the basic questions you may have while reading our articles. 

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National Intelligence: The term “National Intelligence” refers to all intelligence, regardless of the source from which derived, and including information gathered within or outside the United States that pertains, as determined consistent with any guidance issued by the President, to more than one United States Government Agency, and that involves threats to the United States, its people, property, or interests; the development, proliferation, or use of weapons of mass destruction; or any other matter bearing on United States national or homeland security.  (Title 50, U.S. Code (Reference (b)))

U.S. Intelligence Agencies

  1. Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) 

  2. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)

  3. Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA)

  4. National Security Agency (NSA)

  5. National Geospatial- Intelligence Agency (NGA)

  6. National Reconnaissance Office (NRO)

  7. Intelligence elements of the four DoD services; the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force.

  8. Department of Energy’s Office of Intelligence and Counter-Intelligence

  9. Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Intelligence and Analysis

  10. U.S. Coast Guard Intelligence

  11. Department of Justice’s Federal Bureau of Investigation

  12. Drug Enforcement Agency’s Office of National Security Intelligence

  13. Department of State’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research

  14. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Intelligence and Analysis

The Intelligence Cycle


Human Intelligence (HUMINT): 

Signals Intelligence (SIGINT):

Open-Source Intelligence (OSINT):

Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT):

Measures and Signature Intelligence (MASINT):

All-Source Intelligence:



The thoughts and ideas published by The Ready Room are not in any way representative of the Intelligence Studies Program at the Bush School, the Bush School, or Texas A&M University. 

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