Determining what issues need to be addressed and what information must be gathered to provide the proper answers.
Policymakers, including the president, his or her advisers, the National Security Council, and other major departments and agencies of government, initiate requests for intelligence. The IC’s issue coordinators interact with these officials to identify core concerns and information requirements. These needs then guide our collection strategies and allow us to produce the appropriate intelligence products. We begin by examining finished intelligence from previous cycles, which leads us to formulate a strategic plan for new intelligence gathering and analysis.