Director of National Intelligence (DNI)
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The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) serves as the head of the intelligence community (IC) and is the principal adviser to the president, the National Security Council (NSC) and the Homeland Security Council (HSC) for intelligence matters related to national security. The ODNI is a Cabinet-level post established by Section 1011 of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 (50 U.S.C. 403).
The ODNI’s responsibilities, among others, are to lead the IC; oversee and direct the implementation of the National Intelligence Program; oversee the coordination of foreign relationships between elements of the IC and intelligence services of foreign governments; establish requirements and priorities for collection, analysis, production, and dissemination of national intelligence; coordinate reform of security clearance and acquisition processes; achieve auditable financial statements; support legislative, legal and administrative requirements; ensure compliance with statutory and presidentially mandated responsibilities; and transform the IC into a unified, collaborative and coordinated enterprise.
The ODNI, in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, oversees and directs the implementation of the National Intelligence Program. The president appoints the ODNI with the advice and consent of the Senate. The ODNI is assisted by a principal deputy ODNI, appointed by the president with the advice and consent of the Senate.
The IC overseen by the ODNI comprises 16 elements, 15 of which reside in six Cabinet departments. The senior official is the ODNI; the defense intelligence establishment, made up of seven of the 16 elements, is headed by the undersecretary of defense (Intelligence). The original National Security Act of 1947 neither listed nor defined the members of the IC, and the term was only first used in a 1955 Commission report to Congress. A specific list of the members was added to Section 401(a) of the National Security Act of 1947 by the Intelligence Authorization Act for fiscal 1993:
* Air Force Intelligence
* Army Intelligence
* Coast Guard Intelligence
* Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA)
* Department of Energy (DOE)
* Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
* Department of State
* Department of the Treasury
* Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
* Marine Corps Intelligence
* National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA)
* National Reconnaissance Office
* National Security Agency
* Navy Intelligence
The ODNI organization is composed of the ODNI staff and IC Mission and Support Activities (MSAs). The DNI staff is primarily responsible for IC policy and oversight and the preparation of the National Intelligence Program Budget. The MSAs are directly responsible for providing IC-wide substantive intelligence, counterintelligence strategy and strategic analysis, research and development, and training and education. The director of the intelligence staff is responsible for synchronizing and integrating efforts across the ODNI organization.
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