Today's FBI: Changing to Meet Evolving Threats

Over the past five years, the FBI has transformed itself to meet evolving threats. We enhanced our operational and intelligence capabilities, and adopted a strategic approach to human resources, IT, science and technology, facilities and budget.


  • Established clear FBI priorities emphasizing prevention while ensuring the protection of privacy rights and civil liberties
  • Shifted resources and requested the budget authority to meet the evolving threat
  • Built on established capacity to collect information and enhanced the FBI's ability to analyze and disseminate intelligence
  • Changed the FBI's management structure, hiring process, and training program
  • Modernized the FBI's work environment and infrastructure
  • Realigned Organizational Structure to create 5 Branches (National Security Branch; Criminal Investigations Branch; Human Resources Branch; Science and Technology Branch; and Office of the Chief Information Officer)


  • Enhanced FBI-wide intelligence capabilities
  • Increased the number of Special Agents assigned to Counterterrorism
  • Number of Intelligence Analysts increased from 1,023 on 9/11/01 to 2,161 today; number of linguists from 784 to 1,371
  • Established Special Agent and Analyst career paths to enhance personnel development and increase specialized expertise
  • Developed an Intelligence Career Service that includes intelligence analyst, language analyst, and physical surveillance specialists
  • Improved the quality and quantity of training programs, including developing CT/CI Training and Cohort Training for the Intelligence Career Service


  • Moved beyond case-focused intelligence gathering and analysis to knowing the FBI's domain
  • Integrated criminal and intelligence capabilities
  • Centralized and enhanced the management of national programs
  • Utilized a full range of investigative tools against criminal and terrorist elements
  • Expanded intelligence focus beyond traditional state controlled and cold war era threats to investigate asymmetrical threats
  • Consolidated WMD and Counterproliferation initiatives under a new WMD Directorate
  • Enhanced human source reporting
  • Improved security practices, training, and education
  • Modernized records management
  • Established clear lines of accountability to ensure day-to-day operations support Bureau-wide strategies


  • Modernized the FBI IT Infrastructure with new networks
  • Centralized databases with modern search tools
  • Improved connectivity with law enforcement and intelligence community partners
  • Institutionalized the strategic IT planning processes (i.e. life cycle management and enterprise architecture)
  • Utilized performance-based contracting and centralized IT contract management


  • Increased the number of Joint Terrorism Task Forces (JTTF) from 34 to 101 and established a National JTTF with representatives from 40 agencies
  • Improved coordination and connectivity across local, state, federal, tribal and international agencies
  • Disseminated tactical and strategic intelligence products
  • Trained state, local, and international partners
  • Developed a new approach to helping counterparts overseas