NEW APPROACHES

Over the past five years, the FBI has made fundamental changes in our approach in all major program areas.

 
Pre-9/11/01
Today
Intelligence
  • Case-focused
  • No centralized management
  • No cohesive intelligence cadre
  • No cross-program approach
  • Enterprise-wide Intelligence Program
  • Central management, distributed execution
  • Intelligence workforce
  • Enhanced ability to fuse, analyze and share intelligence
  • Investigative information is analyzed for its predictive value
  • Intelligence in-turn drives investigative strategies
  • Sharing is now the rule
  • Substantial increase in intelligence production
Counterterrorism
  • Investigations managed out of field offices
  • Case-based
  • Focused on prosecution
  • Cases are centrally managed
  • National strategy focused on prevention of attacks
  • All international CT investigations are intelligence investigations
Counterintelligence
  • Often focused on criminal prosecution/reactive due to post-Cold War resource draw-down
  • Limited resources consolidated around traditional threat
  • No cohesive national program
  • Focus on national security/proactive
  • Counterintelligence squads in 55 field offices
  • National Strategy for Counterintelligence
  • Focus on Counterproliferation, Counterespionage, and Critical National Assets
Criminal Investigations
  • Field determined priorities
  • Case-based
  • Focused on prosecution
  • Focus on areas where the FBI offers special capabilities or has unique jurisdiction
  • Intelligence driven
  • Emphasis on criminal enterprises; public corruption
  • Greater participation in task forces
Cyber
  • Ad hoc
  • Disbursed among many divisions
  • Handled piecemeal
  • Cyber Division addresses cyber threats in a coordinated manner
  • National Strategy
  • Agents with specialized technology skills focused on cyber matters
Information Technology
  • Ad hoc; no centralized plan
  • Undocumented
  • Antiquated
  • New secure networks, desktops and software
  • Centralized management
  • Coordinated, strategic approach
  • Enterprise Architecture
  • "Life cycle" management
  • Performance-based contracting