of the FBI is to protect and defend the United States against terrorist
and foreign intelligence threats, to uphold and enforce the criminal
of the United States, and to provide leadership and criminal justice
services to federal, state, municipal, and international agencies and partners.
its mission, the FBI employs a number of core tools, including investigative
techniques, forensics, information technologies, and strategic partnerships.
Intelligence is also one of those core tools. As a core tool and competency,
intelligence is an integral part of the FBI’s investigative mission.
It is imbedded in the day-to-day work of the FBI from the initiation of
preliminary investigations to the development of FBI-wide investigative strategies.
of intelligence is more important than ever in today’s threat environment.
The threats facing the United States are evolving. Threats are global,
and often emanate from transnational enterprises that rely on sophisticated
information technology. As such, threats transcend geographic boundaries,as
well as the boundaries of authorities in the U.S. national security infrastructure.
In this threat environment, having the right information at the right time
is essential to protecting national security.
has a mandate from Congress, the President,the Attorney General, and the
Director of Central Intelligence (DCI) to protect national security by
producing intelligence in support of its own investigative mission, national
intelligence priorities, and the needs of other customers. The FBI must
serve the American people with an enterprise-wide intelligence program
that makes its investigations most effective for national security, homeland
security, and law enforcement purposes, while meeting external needs for
FBI information and analysis.