The National Intelligence Director and Intelligence Analysis

The 9/11 Commission, made a number of recommendations to improve the quality of intelligence analysis. A key recommendation was the establishment of a Director of National Intelligence (DNI) position to manage the national intelligence effort and serve as the principal intelligence adviser to the president. Although the Commission did not address the future role of specific analytical entities, such as the National Intelligence Council (NIC) which prepares National Intelligence Estimates, Congress is currently considering legislation that addresses the issue of the extent of the DNI’s analytical responsibilities. Intelligence reform legislation, including S. 2845 and H.R. 10, would place the National Intelligence Council under the DNI, making the DNI responsible for coordinating community-wide intelligence estimates. Some observers believe that this will complicate a position that has essentially managerial responsibilities. This report will be updated as new information becomes available.