Members of the Intelligence Community

The Intelligence Community (IC) is a group of 17 executive branch agencies and organizations. The Director of National Intelligence (DNI), who presides over the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), leads the IC and coordinates the IC components based on intelligence consumers’ needs. The IC is governed by a variety of federal laws and regulations.

While most IC members are focused on foreign intelligence, there are several members concerned with domestic intelligence needs and activities. In addition, the DNI continues to promote greater intelligence integration and information sharing among all members of the IC:

“In this threat environment, the importance and urgency of intelligence integration cannot be overstated […] The Intelligence Community must continue to promote collaboration among experts in every field, from the political and social sciences to natural sciences, medicine, military issues, and space.” —James R. Clapper, the Director of National Intelligence

As a result of this emphasis on intelligence integration, even foreign intelligence-focused members of the IC contribute to domestic information sharing systems where appropriate.