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Intelligence Defined

Simply defined, intelligence is information that has been analyzed and refined so that it is useful to policymakers in making decisions – specifically, decisions about potential threats to our national security.

The FBI and the other organizations that make up the U.S. Intelligence Community (USIC) use the term "intelligence" in three different ways:
  1. Intelligence is a product that consists of information that has been refined to meet the needs of policymakers.
  2. Intelligence is also a process through which that information is identified, collected, and analyzed.
  3. And intelligence refers to both the individual organizations that shape raw data into a finished intelligence product for the benefit of decision makers and the larger community of these organizations.

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